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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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Brain pathology in pedophilic offenders: Evidence of volume reduction in the right amygdala and related diencephalic structures.
Sexual arousal and arousability to pedophilic stimuli in a community sample of "normal" men.
The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) was suspended in 1994 from consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, because its members include the pedophilic North American Man/Boy Love Association.
In an effort to condemn all materials that might hold some special inciting effect upon alleged pedophiles, the judicial pedophilic gaze is extending to materials that are increasingly mundane.
Indeed, it has been suggested that the Internet has empowered the marginalized pedophilic community by allowing them a voice whilst guaranteeing them anonymity and that this empowerment may reduce their inhibitions in the real world.
Fixated offenders, with their pedophilic tendencies toward abusing multiple children, both strangers and acquaintances, were considered to be the more dangerous offenders.
She is likewise to be commended for her approach to the fascinating (and creepy) subtext of pedophilic desire in Pearse's writing.
The country has of late been rocked by scandals ranging from accounting and audit scams to the appalling discovery of pedophilic activity among a small but high-profile and highly toxic number of Catholic priests.
Sex hormone profiles in pedophilic and incestuous men.
Still, there are strong hints that Ray has exiled himself into homelessness as a way of escaping what may be pedophilic tendencies.
The diocese later sent him to a treatment facility in New Mexico after receiving complaints of pedophilic acts that had been committed in Connecticut.