Child Molester

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  • A person who sexually abuses a minor, typically under 18 years of age. Some child molesters suffer from a disorder known as pedophilia, which is a sexual attraction to prepubescent children. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (fourth edition; DSM-IV) requires that such offenders be at least 16 years old and engage in sexual contact with a child 5 years younger. In cases of incest (sexual relations between family members), the offender is most often attracted to a child at the beginning of adolescence, during the start of physical maturation. Offenders are mostly male and can be heterosexual, which is more common, or homosexual. Most child molesters abuse children they know. They often gain the trust of their victims and then make threats ...

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