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Who is a Pedophile?
A pedophile is someone who is sexually attracted to prepubescent children (i.e. those who have not yet reached puberty). Some pedophiles are attracted only to girls, others only to boys. Some are attracted to both, and some are equally attracted to children and teenagers or adults.
Pedophilia is a specific mental disorder where there is a preference for sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children. It exists everywhere, all around the world, and in all environments regardless of age, race, education, occupation, class, social standing, or wealth.
Children do not always recognize when they are being abused, manipulated, or groomed by a pedophile.
In some cases, the abuser will coerce the child into silence by saying that if anyone finds out, he would go to jail, or the child would, and maybe the child’s parents. In other cases, threats to harm the child, and or family are used.
A pedophile's pattern is usually to continue the abuse until he or she is caught because they can not take responsibility for their behavior and will deny that they are doing anything harmful.
Pedophiles don’t have signs on their backs or arrows pointing over their heads, therefore, If a child tells us he or she has been sexually abused by someone, be it family, friend, or trusted adult, we are morally and legally obligated to report it to the National Child Helpline (116), police, one-stop centre or a local children’s services agency.
For any questions or concerns please call 116, the National Child Helpline.