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There is a difference between child pedophiles and child molesters. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, pedophilia is a psychological disorder. It surrounds recurrent, intense sexual urges and fantasies which last for at least six months and focus on pre-pubescent children.
This typically refers to children who are under the age of 12 years old. Pedophilia doesn't always mean that the person commits a sex act upon a child. In fact, a child pedophile usually keeps his fantasies a secret. A pedophile will, however, attempt to remain close to a child or children to feed his fantasies. Those who do act upon their fantasies typically do so with two or more children. Pedophilia typically involves males and is considered rare in females.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|