Updated: DECEMBER 19, 2015
A pedophile is an adult who experiences sexual attractraction towards pre-pubescent children. (typically ages 13 or younger). Pedophiles may be exclusively attracted to children or attracted to both adults and children. As the diagnosis of pedophilia is based on the experience of attraction, one can be a pedophile without acting on their attraction.
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The term pedophile often gets confused with the term "child molester." However, there is actually an important distinction. One can be a pedophile without ever touching a child. Pedophilia is a diagnosis and not a crime. Many pedophiles are aware of their condition and work with mental health professionals to keep their desires in check.