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Pedophilia

Abstract: Getting sexually aroused by a child in prepuberty or a child younger than 13 years old.

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Written by: Wendy Moelker, psychologist in charge of Emergis, Goes, the Netherlands.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 26 Aug 2008.

What is pedophilia?

Answer:

Pedophilia is scientifically defined as getting sexually aroused by a child in pre-puberty or a child younger than13 years old.

To be sexually aroused by children in puberty is known under the term "hebephilia" or "ephebophilia"

Note: Legally, pedophilia is often used to mean sexual relations with children under the age of consent. This age may vary from country to country, 15 and 17 are common age limits.

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