Pedophilia, (paedophilia, pædophilia) are adult sexual fantasies and desires towards children. Pedophilia is not a crime but acting on those feelings is.
The median age of the victims of imprisoned sexual offenders was less than 13 years old." Bureau of Justice Standards
In 1991, 96% of female rape victims younger than 12 years old, knew their attackers. 20% were victimized by their fathers or step-fathers. US Department of Justice
A 1994 survey of 453 pedophiles, revealed they were
collectively responsible for the molestation of over 67,000 children; an average of 148 children per pedophile. National
Institute of Health survey conducted by Dr. Gene Abel
2/3rds of Sex Offenders in State Prisons were victimized
a Child Bureau of Justice Standards
60% of 234,000 sexual offenders in 1994 convicted
of rape or sexual assault were under conditional supervision in
the community. Bureau of Justice Standards
Pedophilia is an adult acting out sexual urges towards
juveniles not mature enough to consent to sex with an adult. It is illegal, it is held to the same criminal standard as rape the perpetrator is classified as a sexual offender.
Pedophilia is diagnosed solely on sexual fantasies or urges -- not acts. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders American Psychiatric Association's 4th edition diagnostic criteria for pedophilia (302.2) is:
A. Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense
sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving
sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally
13 years or younger).
B. The fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors cause clinically
significant distress or impairment in social, occupational
or other important areas of functioning.
C. The person is at least age 16 years and at least 5 years
older than the child or children in Criterion A.
Note: Do not include an individual in late adolescence
involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 12- or
Children are a pedophile's primary sexual attraction however a distinction is made between situational offenders and pedophiles. Children are not the primary sexual preference of situational offenders but if the situation presents itself they will act on it. Fathers who have incestuous relationships with their daughters incest are usually
Juvenile sex offender's crimes refer to violent or consensual illegal acts. Hebephilia, hebophilia, and ephebophilia differentiates attraction to adolescents, from an attraction to younger children.
In ancient Greece pederasty, was sex between adult male philosophers or scholars and their young male students through anal intercourse. This form of arete, was considered an honor. In some South Pacific islands, jerungdu, is a rite of passage; where older boys receive oral sex from younger boys to facilitate sexual maturity.
Sexually abused children and their families need immediate professional treatment to help the children regain self-esteem, cope with guilt, and overcoming the trauma. Treatment reduces the risk of the child developing serious problems as an adult. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Child sexual assault is exploiting or coercing sex on anyone under the age of 18. It does not require physical contact but includes voyeurism, exhibitionism, pornography, fondling, oral/anal/vaginal penetration, and prostitution.
Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics Presents findings from the National Incident-Based Reporting System regarding sexual assault, especially of young children. The data reports from 12 States law enforcement agencies 1991 - 1996 in 4 categories: forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. Findings include detailed characteristics.
Child Sexual Abuse A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet Julia Whealin, Ph.D. Sexually abused children may show symptoms of PTSD, including agitated behavior, frightening dreams, and repetitive play of the abuse. Because of the abuse children may show sexual behavior inappropriate for their age. Children tend to "act out" with behavior problems, depression, or by withdrawing. They may try to injure themselves or attempt suicide.
Ward Weaver Story: On a stormy winter morning, Ashley
Pond, 12, a seventh-grader headed
for the school bus stop in Oregon City, OR about 8 a.m. on Jan.
9, 2002. Ashley did not make it to school. Two months later on
March 8, 2002, 13-year-old Miranda Diane Gaddis, disappeared
after she left her apartment at 8 a.m. for the school bus. Ashley
and Miranda attended the same school, rode the same bus, were
in the same dance class and had a common friend.
Favorite Teacher -- One night my biology teacher picked
up a 17 year-old hitchhiker named Jefferson Wesley. He
ordered the boy to bend over and locate the hangman's noose
by his feet. Wesley found it and tightened it around his
neck the way Mr. Lindwall instructed.
The first media exposs about a massive
trade in child pornography started in the US, England
and Scandinavia at the end of the 1970s. They reached the
Netherlands for the first time in 1984, causing shock and
fascination, because of the enormous volume of business.
Alejandro Avila accused of murdering Samantha
Runnion, was acquitted of molesting 2 other young girls.
The mother of one of those girls, Avila's former fiancee, Beth
Veglahn, shares her story.
Former Green Bay Packer Mark
Chmura, 31, acquitted of 3rd-degree sexual assault and child
enticement after a teenager claimed he raped her at an after
prom party. Chmura faced a $300 fine for allowing drinking by
Catholic Memorial High School students. Chmura said his behavior "wasn't
something a married man should do." The party was hosted
Gessert, 43, father of a daughter graduating was ordered
to pay a $6,000 fine and 80 hours of community service. Gessert
pulled a friend of his daughter onto his lap in the hot tub and
inserted a finger in her vagina.
Movie director Roman
Polanski, whose pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered
by the Manson family, accused of
raping Samantha Geimer, 13, pled guilty to sex with a minor but
fled and has been a fugitive from US justice for 25 years.
can do a better job with a young sex offender -- Nicholas
Stroeder, 13, sex offender, assaulted a 9-year-old foster sister
and tried to rape a woman in a bathroom stall on a field trip. Deputies
at $40 an hour guard him round the clock while alternative
is sought. "I just want what's right for my son," says Helen
The history and outcome of one of the largest and
most controversial child sexual molestation cases - Little
Rascals Day Care center in Edenton, NC.
Child Terror," Peter J. Boyer travels to Dade County, Florida
to explore the roots and consequences of the nation's 15-year
legal battle against child sexual abuse. During the 1980s, high-profile
cases were prosecuted by Janet Reno.
Law in All 50 States -- May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed
Megan's Law . Megan's Law goals include Sex Offender Registration
and Community Notification programs.
and Human Trafficking -- Not only is the sale of children
itself made more accessible and inexpensive through telecommunications
advances, but the expansion of existing criminal networks
is facilitated by rapid and enhanced contact-gathering and
information exchange capacities.
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Terrify No More --In a small village outside of Phnom Pehn, little children as young as five years old were forced to live as sex slaves. Day after day their hope was slipping away. Tireless workers from International Justice Mission (IJM) infiltrated the ring of brothels and gathered evidence to free the children. Headed up by former war-crimes investigator Gary Haugen, IJM faced impossible odds-police corruption, death threats, and mission-thwarting tip-offs. But they used their expert legal finesse and high-tech investigative techniques to save the lives of 37 young girls and secured the arrest and conviction of several perpetrators. Terrify No More focuses on this dramatic rescue story, and uses flashbacks to tell those of many other victims who were given a second chance at life by this amazing organization.