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paedophilia

A paraphilia involving hetero- or homosexuoerotic fantasy, activity or intercourse initiated by a postpubertal adolescent or adult male or female with prepubescent children

pe·do·phil·i·a

(pē'dō-fil'ē-ă)
An abnormal sexual attraction to children in an adult.
Synonym(s): paedophilia.
[G. pais, child, + philos, fond]

paedophilia

Recurrent sexual urges towards a prepubertal child by a person over the age of 16 and at least five years older than the child. If manifested, these urges, which constitute criminal sexual molestation, usually involve fondling of the genitals and oral intercourse. Vaginal or anal intercourse is relatively infrequent except in cases of incest. Active paedophilia is not a medical or psychiatric condition; it is a crime universally condemned. The Internet has become a vehicle both for the promulgation of paedophilic graphics and for the promotion of paedophilic contacts.
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NSPCC said yesterday the term paedophilia could 'cloud, rather than clarify' issues surrounding underage sex.
No, paedophilia is not a mental illness, but it is regarded as a "disorder of sexual preference", to quote the World Health Organization's formulation.
Charalambidou first raised the issue of modernising the law on paedophilia in 2012 in parliament.
Rejecting the complaint about the January 11 broadcast, the committee said: "The object of the humour was the hypocrisy of a chaplain, and not the act of paedophilia.
The article on paedophilia on the website, in its suggestions for further reading, suggests other Wikipedia pages edited by pedophiles, including "Child Sexuality," and "NAMBLA," a page about the North American Man/Boy Love Association.
It follows revelations of paedophilia within the Irish Catholic Church, which have rocked the institution.
Guising at Halloweenhasbeenacustom for centuries and paedophilia is as old as man himself.
Publisher SafeHaven Foundation Press - which only publishes works condoning paedophilia - says that although the book is 'bound to be controversial', it does not break any laws.
John Harvey, OSFS, who pointed out that the main issue is not paedophilia but homosexuality, and that one of the bishops' main problems in the past had been the acceptance of advice of psychologists and psychiatrists at various treatment centres who assured them that abusing priests could safely be returned to parish work.
A couple who systematically abused three young children for their own sexual gratification were investigated when the youngsters complained to police after seeing a television programme on paedophilia, a court heard yesterday.
Syd Rapson, MP for Portsmouth North, and Barbara Follett, MP for Stevenage, both appeared on the Channel 4 programme last July, thinking it was a serious documentary about paedophilia.
She urged parents to keep their youngsters away from him - and called for tough new laws to forcing the authorities to treat paedophilia as as illness.