pedophilia


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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)

References in periodicals archive ?
There has long been the "Pedobear" Internet meme, a little comedic cartoon character Web users often associate with news stories about pedophilia.
The baseball caps were decorated with slogans condemning pedophilia.
Although the pope s letter will be addressed to the Irish people, it is expected to touch on the effects of pedophilia sandals in a number of European countries, including his native Germany.
He clearly lacked insight regarding his condition The court ordered that prior to any future discharge the hospital had a duty to engage in the treatment of Doe's pedophilia and to provide a pre-discharge diagnosis based on that treatment opining that Doe's pedophilia was sufficiently remedied so that he would not pose a risk to himself or others.
Given the repugnance of pedophilia, feature films on this theme have appeared with surprising frequency.
It is possible to quibble over a few of her treatments: I would have liked her to say more about the relationship between pedophilia and the medieval/early modern representation of homoeroticism in Chardelly's attraction to Lyonard, for instance.
Only certain types of investigations, such as drug trafficking and pedophilia, warrant access to the recorded data.
Everything is evidence for this: the growing tolerance of homosexuality, clearly, but also the Catholic Church's pedophilia scandals.
7 percent of Catholic clergy have been found guilty of pedophilia (specifically of boys), 10 percent of Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia.
The focus this year has been on the Roman Catholic Church as one case after another of pedophilia and church cover-ups came to light.
A reporter, noting the "growing crisis in the Catholic Church," asked Bush if he thought the church had acted "swiftly enough to deal with the issue of pedophilia among the ranks of priests.