The Effects Of Pedophilia And Its Effects On Children

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Introduction:

Children elicit strong emotional reactions in many people, reactions usually labelled as “parental" or “protective," but for some these reactions can be defined as sexual love. Pedophilia has always been at the forefront of controversy in society and in present times, pedophilia is defined as a conscious sexual interest between an adult and a prepubescent child. It is inferred that the adult acts upon their desires by engaging in sexual contract with the child, becoming sexual aroused, or that the adult masturbates to sexual fantasies. This definition recognizes that a person may have a very strong sexual interest in children and has only been blocked by circumstances from acting on it more directly. Until lately, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has categorized pedophilia as a condition where the adult has an enduring sexual interest in children that is often exclusive. However, recent controversy over the definition of pedophilia has led to a reexamination of the word and a new definition has been formed. According to the DSM-V, the newest version of the DSM, pedophilia is a condition in which a person has recurrent, sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children, generally age 13 years or younger, for a period of at least 6 months. The person has acted on these sexual urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty.…
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