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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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In fact, he said, in all the years that he has been part of the CBCP National Matrimonial Tribunal he has yet to handle a pedophilia case involving a Filipino priest.
History is littered with examples of primitive peoples that practiced institutionalized pedophilia; the Sambia tribe of Papua New Guinea does so to this day, and many military personnel will attest to how the abuse of "dancing boys" is widespread in Afghanistan.
"How is it possible in a state of law to return the girl to the mother, while the pedophilia case is pending in the court and there are suspicions that the molestation took place in the mother's flat?" Venckus asked rhetorically in front of journalists in the corridor of the Vilnius court on April 5.
Then he made the mistake, however, of using the media's current terminology for priestly sex abuse, namely "pedophilia."
Church to discuss the scandal of pedophilia within the institution.
The letter to the Irish people, the first ever papal document devoted exclusively to pedophilia, follows a damning government report on widespread child abuse by priests in the Dublin archdiocese.
Increasing biochemical knowledge of sexual functionality and attraction has allowed researchers to tentatively deduce a chemical cause for pedophilia and initiate various biochemical treatments for this condition.
Pedophilia and sexual offending against children; theory, assessment, and intervention.
In the 2,300-word pamphlet "Pedophilia and the Priesthood," Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, characterizes as simple errors the actions of bishops who moved sexual predators around to avoid detection, suggests that the hierarchy has no responsibility for the acts of abuse, minimizes the numbers responsible, highlights the cases that were withdrawn, and questions why so many victims waited years to report the crimes.
I was upset to see that Christie Ayotte, in her article "Thanks a Lot, Foley" [November 7], made no distinction between pedophilia and ephebophilia and that you apparently did not try to correct her.
The psychological theory that pedophilia is a lifetime condition carries more weight with the public, but registries do not distinguish among varieties of sex offenders.
Another benefit is that Jefferson never preaches or even takes sides, particularly on the serious charge of pedophilia: "Is it possible that Michael Jackson sexually engages children?