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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 such an instance, even though an individual may be experiencing sexual attractions that are different from the norm, there may not be a sufficient basis for diagnosing pedophilic disorder.
Coming on the heels of the pedophilic rings that were discovered, this discovery couldn't have come at a worse time for the video-sharing giant.
Though it's difficult to find an accurate count of how many people have pedophilic disorder, the DSM-5 quotes studies from 2008 and 2009 that claim the "highest possible prevalence" of the disorder in males at 3 percent to 5 percent of the total US population.
The Afghan subculture of "bacha bazi" -- pedophilic boy play -- saw a resurgence across Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.
The ring's pimps were a pair of political powerbrokers who used a distinguished orphanage as a pedophilic reservoir.
It's the image of a slightly heavyset, pimply youngun' hunched over the latest technological masterpiece, ignorant of a devilish looking shadow lurking behind them resembling the likes of any tech "guru" you'd like to name--the scene is almost pedophilic. So you can understand our apprehension to use this word.
Some have discerned a pedophilic aspect to Darger's work (one of his favorite models for his signature heroines is the famous Copper-tone girl).
Thanks in large part to pro thesping of Czerny (perhaps best remembered as the pedophilic priest in "The Boys of Saint Vincent"), ably supported by a competent cast, the story of Walsch's travails never strains credulity, though helmer Simon's predilection for spiritual vistas with light breaking through clouds, arrested close-ups and endless long dissolves often skirts kitsch.
Notwithstanding their known pedophilic associations, homosexualist organizations continue to seek full international recognition of "gay rights." In March, 2006, homosexualists redoubled their efforts to have the former Commission on Human Rights introduce a clause to an official document banning discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation;" to date Christians and Muslims have successfully thwarted their attempts.
Further he opined that there was a connection between the hallucinations and past acts of sexual abuse of children In 1998, as a result of a battery of psychological tests he was found to be at high risk to reengage in pedophilic activity.
He recalls the university-sponsored (and methodologically suspect) studies of sexual exploitation of children that purported epidemics of pedophilic sexual predation.