The practice of being sexually attracted to prepubescent children. It is a psychological sickness, not a crime.
The web site TRADITIO exposes pedophilia.
by GuidoPosse69 February 22, 2005
a sickness where a person is attracted to children instead of adults. A favorite spot for them is the internet where they can attempt to meet children on internet message boards and chat rooms. Also usually a history of pedophilia runs in the family.
sal was caught talking to a 13 year old on myspace. he was treated for mental health issues and jailed for pedophilia.
by vitales September 07, 2007
Something our society really fucking overreacts to.
I mean, for fucks sake, pedophilia's bad, but its not like it's an act of genocide; you're dehumanizing these people and refusing to think rationally.

You people make me sick.
by Dr. Jesus D.O. May 31, 2009
The words comes from two Greek Words Pedo (child) and Philia (love). These are not the exact Greek words but derivations. So the word refers to a lover of children and has no sexual connotations except those put on it by society. So a nursery nurse, teacher and parent may be a pedophile in this sense. Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was in love with Alice Liddell when she was a child and even photographed her in the nude as well as writing his famous books for her. But there was nothing sexual in this. Females are incredibly beautiful creatures at all ages, particuarly in their early teens when they are blossoming and have a touch of sensuality mixed with innocent beauty. They make wonderful subjects for photography and art and poetry. It is easy to fall in love with a girl of this age. To have sex with a girl of this age (let alone a boy) is another matter and can have far reaching effects on the child for the rest of their lives. To force sex on a child is the worse kind of bestiality man is capable of. This is general and there are relationships between girls of 14-15-16 with older men that are based on genuine love and the two parties are intelligent enough to make educated decisions. But the subject of sex is a loaded one. There are platonic relationships that can be very rewarding.

alice - art - love - beauty- pedophilia
by Duraplus January 25, 2008
A sexual attraction felt either by an adult or adolescent towards prepubescent children.

Just to clear things up, the word *NEITHER* means "someone who has sex with children" *NOR* does it mean "someone above the age of consent who has sex with a person below the age of consent." the former is known as a child molester, and the latter is known as a statutory rapist.
Why is it important to make a distinction? It's because pedophilia (paedophilia) is a PSYCHOLOGICAL condition - one for which MOST child molesters DO NOT fit the criteria. Most child molesters are known as surrogate/situational offenders, meaning they are primarilly attracted to adults, but choose children because they are available, vulnerable and less likely to resist unwanted sexual advances - the surrogate offenders are NOT truly attracted to their victims, they only want an available orifice to insurt their members in. They don't care very much if it's a woman, a child or a horse - therefore, they do NOT fit the medical definition of pedophilia.
A statutory rapists is anyone whose sexual partner is below the local age of consent. That means if the age of consent in your part of the world is 17, and you're 17, but your girlfriend's 17th birthday happens just one minute after you've had sex, your a statutory rapist.
On the other hand, there are pedophiles who DO and pedophiles who DO NOT, and never will behave sexually with children.
THE MORAL: there are molesters who are pedophiles and pedophiles who are molesters, but one does NOT by ANY means automatically imply the other. You would not even come close to getting rid of child sexual abuse by getting rid of pedophilia, and you would not get rid of pedophilia by getting rid of child molestation.
John Smith died of in a car accident as a virgin, but he was attracted to 10 year old girls. His paraphilia is known as pedophilia.
by Erekun June 11, 2007
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