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Originally posted by Techsnow
Well what defines a pedophile? Of course wanting to be with a girl that has not even started puberty is a pedophile and just plain sick but what if the girl has begun to develop? I know that in the U.S. having sex with a girl before the age of 13 is statutory rape which is life in prison but the ironic thing is 13 yrs old was the age a girl was ready to be married in historic European culture.
To answer your question, I would say that wanting to have sex with a girl that hasn't even begun puberty is a pedophile, it is not a sexuality, and anyone that thinks this way should probably be castrated.
Originally posted by Freeborn
This is just another example of the reasoning that causes so many problems in todays society.
Seeking to understand and apologise for the heinous crimes the odious, evil people commit.
Sex crime of any kind is evil.
Peadophilia destroys the very people we should be nurturing and protecting and betrays one of the most basic trusts of mankind; that between child and adult.
No amount of analysing and understanding will ever excuse the actions of these despicable people.
I suggest some people spare a little more compassion and understanding for the victims of these crimes rather than the evil, scum bastards who commit them!
[These are divided in DSM into (1) Sexual Dysfunctions (2) Paraphilias (3) Gender Identity Disorders and (4) Sexual Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. Pedophilia is classed as a Paraphilia, of which DSM says: "The Paraphilias are characterized by recurrent, intense, sexual urges, fantasies, or behaviors that involve unusual objects, activities, or situations and cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. The Paraphilias include Exhibitionism, Fetishism, Frotteurism, Pedophilia, Sexual Masochism, Sexual Sadism, Transvestic Fetishism, Voyeurism, and Paraphilia Not Otherwise Specified."]
The paraphilic focus of Pedophilia involves sexual activity with a prepubescent child (generally age 13 years or younger).
The individual with Pedophilia must be age 16 years or older and at least 5 years older than the child. For individuals in late adolescence with Pedophilia, no precise age difference is specified, and clinical judgment must be used; both the sexual maturity of the child and the age difference must be taken into account.
Individuals with Pedophilia generally report an attraction to children of a particular age range. Some individuals prefer males, others females, and some are aroused by both males and females. Those attracted to females usually prefer 8- to 10-year-olds, whereas those attracted to males usually prefer slightly older children. Pedophilia involving female victims is reported more often than Pedophilia involving male victims.
Some individuals with Pedophilia are sexually attracted only to children (Exclusive Type), whereas others are sometimes attracted to adults (Nonexclusive Type.)
Originally posted by mattguy404
Sexual relationships are between a man and a woman, a man and a man, or a woman and a woman.
Not in any way shape or form is an attraction to children a 'sexuality' - I'm not saying pedophiles don't need help, they certainly do, and it's worrying how society deals with this problem, but it's not a sexuality; it's an illness.
I think you mention yourself it's a disorder, and I don't think we can go so far as to call it anything else.
[edit on 21-8-2008 by mattguy404]