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ScholarOne - VICTIM THEN, PEDOPHILE NOW: AN ANALYSIS
  • Nihaya Fathima,
  • Amrita Muraleedharan
Nihaya Fathima
Stella Maris College

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Amrita Muraleedharan
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Abstract

Pedophilia is defined as recurrent and intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviours involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children—generally age 13 years or younger—over a period of at least six months. It must be noted, however, that not all individuals with said feelings act on them. So pedophiles can be distinguished using three categories: abstinent pedophiles (who vow never to have sexual relationships with children), passive pedophiles (who choose not to act on their desires out of fear of the repercussions — not out of their own choice) and active pedophiles (who actively seek to indulge in their fantasies). We have limited ourselves to active pedophiles however the other two categories, especially abstinent pedophiles, have not been completely disregarded. This paper is a consolidation of prior research findings on the commonalities between pedophiles placing an importance on victims-turned-perpetrators and the factors that abet this transition