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Thursday, October 17, 2013

High-Profile Cases in Congress and the Church (Part Five)

A. Over a time of at least six months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally age thirteen and younger).
B. The fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
C. The person is at least sixteen years old and at least five years older than the child.
 (Note: Do not include an individual in late adolescence involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a twelve or thirteen-year-old.)

The term "ephebofile" and "hebephile" are often used interchangeably within the justice system. they are not delineated in the DSM  but ar defined as individuals who are primarily attracted to pubescent and/or post-pubescent adolescents.

An individual may offend in an undifferentiated manner, meaning he or she will be attracted to kids of all ages and both genders. However, this is usually not the case. Most offenders who are sexually abused will abuse children who are within one to two years of the age of their own abuse. Foley was abused between the ages of thirteen and fifteen. His only identified victim was sixteen at the onset of the abuse.

The fact that Congressman Foley's sexual trauma was inflicted on him by a parish priest raises the inevitable questions and contemplation of the widespread sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

Archdiocese Hid Abuse, Grand Jury Says
~Boston Globe

More glaring headlines streaked across the nation, sending a resounding wave of shock and outrage.

Abuse Cost Churches Nearly $467M in '05
~Boston Globe

17 Priests Reported Discipline in Long Island Sex Abuse Cases??
~New York Times


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