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Child molestation is a crime involving a range of indecent or sexual activities between an adult and a child, usually under the age of 14.

For example, not all incidents of child molestation are perpetrated by pedophiles; sometimes the perpetrator has other motives for his or her actions and does not manifest an ongoing pattern of sexual attraction to children. Thus, not all child molestation is perpetrated by pedophiles, and not all pedophiles actually commit child molestation.

There is no single profile that accurately describes or accounts for all child molesters. There are many variables among individuals in terms of their personal characteristics, life experiences, criminal histories, and reasons for committing such offenses. One common misconception is that molested children grow up to become child molesters themselves. But, in fact, most childhood sexual abuse victims do not go on to become perpetrators.
An adult who touches a child inappropriately for sexual gratification is an example of child molestation.
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The act of sexually molesting and abusing a child.
Child molestation is a disgusting and morally reprehensible behavior that can destroy a child's mental and physical health as well as his or her feelings of self-respect and dignity. It is illegal and immoral and should be punished by the lengthiest jail term possible by law.
by SenseNOTNonsense January 01, 2012

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