The Effects Of Pedophilia On The Modern World

1578 WordsMay 4, 20167 Pages
Pedophilia / paedophilia is a very emotionally and ethically-charged issue in the modern world. At least 7% of females and 3% of males have been victim to sexual abuse as children (Finkelhor, 1994). It is difficult to obtain firm numbers for prevalence of adults with pedophilic tendencies, but the highest estimates put it at around 3% - 5% of male adults and a fraction of that for female adults (APA, 2013). Furthermore, pedophilia is heavily socially stigmatized, and those affected are among the most poorly-regarded members of society. Definitions Pedophilia is one of the many paraphilias, or feelings of sexual arousal in response to atypical objects or circumstances. Pedophilia comes from the Greek roots “paîs, paidós” (child) and “philia” (brotherly love). Pedophilia is defined in the ICD-10 as “a persistent or a predominant preference for sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children”, with the caveat that “the person is at least 16 years old and at least five years older than the child or children” (World Health Organization, 1992). Though the average age of the onset of puberty ranges (typically, 10 to 11 for girls and 11 to 12 for boys), the line that most pedophilia researchers draw is typically at age 13. According to the DSM-5, an adult can have a “pedophilic sexual orientation” (p. 698) without being formally diagnosed with Pedophilic Disorder if they are not functionally impaired by their attraction to prepubescent children, have never acted on their
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