Essay about Pedophilia

1361 Words Jan 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Exploring the World of Pedophilia

Abnormal Psychology 201

In recent years religious groups, policymakers and psychologist have debated information regarding the psychosexual disorder called Pedophilia. Most people agree that this disorder deserves attention, and there are very negative stigmas associated. California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Democrat, wants to federalize a state law to protect pedophiles. In October 2013, the top cleric in Poland’s Roman Catholic Church said parents share blame for certain cases of pedophilia. Recently, Iranian legislature approved a law that will allow girls under the age of 13 to marry as long as the permission of her father is granted. This research paper will examine the
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Individuals that suffer from pedophilia are defined as an adult that has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child of the same or opposite sex. In order for pedophilia to be diagnosed clinically these thoughts or behaviors must be present for at least six months and must cause distress to the affected individual. A clinical diagnosis also requires that the affected individual be at least 16 years of age and at least 5 years older than the child involved in the fantasies. Pedophiles may engage in a number of sexual acts with children such as exhibitionism, voyeurism, masturbating, and fondling. What I have learned is that child molestation is not a clinical diagnosis or term synonymous with pedophilia. A child molester is loosely defined as an individual that touches a child to obtain sexual satisfaction usually 4 to 5 years older.
Prevalence of Pedophilia
It is difficult to diagnose the prevalence of pedophilia because few pedophiles seek treatment and because the majority of data is from individuals that have been involved in legal system. There is no data to show how many people actually have had fantasies and never act on them or who do act but are never caught. (Hall, R. & Hall, R. 2009)
Most recently there have been three major new headlines related the subject of pedophilia. First, the Jerry Sandusky case; which involved a Penn State assistant coach convicted of assaulting 10 boys over a 15

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