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“How are pedophiles dealt with in Canada? Compare to other countries. Best practice? Is rehabilitation possible?"
Pedophilia is something that has been heavily debated over the years. There is debate over what constitutes pedophilia; what the punishment should be for those who commit pedophiliac acts; and, as hard as it is to believe, there is even debate over whether children are really even “victims” (some argue that pedophilia is not wrong and should be allowed).
Before writing about pedophilia, it is important to first define this word. What is “pedophilia”? Pedophilia is abnormal sexual behaviour in which a person 16 years or older is sexually attracted to young children who have not yet reached puberty. In other words, pedophilia is the act or desire, by an adult, of engaging in sexual activity with young children. It is important to note that, while this is the common definition of the word, the clinical definition of pedophilia is still often debated and has changed several times over the years. In fact, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is one of the leading authorities on what is defined and classified as a mental disorder, has previously classified “pedophilia” as a sexual deviation, a sociopathic condition, and a non-psychotic medical disorder.*
*For more information, here is a very interesting and informative article: