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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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She apologised for those who felt the video was inappropriate, but explained that it wasn't about paedophilia.
And Russian Orthodox Church head Father Sergei tells the show: "Where gays are allowed, paedophilia will soon flourish.
I'M horrified that The People found so many sick websites that encourage women to support paedophilia.
Why isn't paedophilia dealt with to the same level of correction or are we to assume we only adhere to the Geneva Convention because of its diplomatic involvement?
In terms of the definition on paedophilia Mr Grange said, 'We are talking about very young people [when] it is paedophilia, and I wouldn't want to mix up kids who are just the wrong side of 16 with paedophiles.
Acts of paedophilia are reported more often against girls than against boys (the ratio is two-thirds girls to one-third boys).
In a world obsessed with paedophilia, people have become paranoid.
Has the incidence of paedophilia (say per 500 men) risen or has the internet merely revealed what was already either present or developing?
Most people are in favour of men working in childcare even though it was seen as "women's work" and there were worries about paedophilia, according to a new report.
Paedophilia is much in the news this week but there seems to be a bit of confusion.
PAEDOPHILIA may not be a new phenomenon, but it is a particular blight on modern society.
A BRITON was today charged with paedophilia in Cambodia after allegedly being caught in a brothel with a naked 12-year-old girl.