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pedophilia

n. an obsession with children as sex objects. Overt acts, including taking sexual explicit photographs, molesting children, and exposing one's genitalia to children are all crimes. The problem with these crimes is that pedophilia is also treated as a mental illness, and the pedophile is often released only to repeat the crimes or escalate the activity to the level of murder. (See: molestation, rape, pornography)

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Joanne said: "Ian Watkins is meant to be serving a 29-year sentence in a real prison - not a haven for paedophiles.
Eddie, a self-confessed paedophile, who outed himself on Channel 4's The Paedophile Next Door, to ask for more help for people sexually attracted to | |children in a bid to stop them becoming criminals CHANNEL
CLAIMS that an evil web of VIP paedophiles exists in British public life - protected and hidden by rich and powerful people - go back more than 30 years.
But the former Cabinet minister said he had confronted Morrison after hearing "gossip" from "unusual channels" that he was paedophile and the MP denied it.
The scheme is a watered-down version of laws in the US under which details of where convicted paedophiles live are actively publicised.
A source told Exaro last week that senior officers, including Commander Peter Spindler, the head of the Paedophile Unit, have had a secret briefing on preparations to arrest the ex-minister.
Other elements include trials of drugs which can reduce the sex drive of known paedophiles, more satellite tracking, and increasing use of lie detectors to check whether those freed are not reoffending.
Mrs Payne, who has campaigned for greater access to details about paedophiles since her eight-year-old daughter Sarah was murdered, said the review's proposals were a positive development.
It said members of the public would be able to ask officials to run checks on local people suspected of being paedophiles - although the Home Office stressed final details had yet to be hammered out.
THERE'S an unwillingness in Britain to own publicly a fact that most of us have sussed out: our little nation doesn't know how to cope with its paedophiles.
How we, as a society, can knowingly release paedophiles back onto the streets - all too often to strike again - defies all logic, and any sense of justice.
The rate of re-offending seems to be around twice as high among paedophiles who are attracted to boys.