What is a petifile??

and what are the signs of one?

please tell me!


The correct spelling is pedophile

Here is the definition:

An adult who is sexually attracted to a child or children

There are no tried and true 'signs' per se.a pedophile can look just like your next door neighbor or an 'uncle'...

However, grown/adult men [particularly] who seem to spend almost all of their time with children and/or attempt to spend time with them in private settings and/or have access to spending time with in private settings can be suspect.

Here is more information on the subject:

The biggest misunderstanding many people have is that pedophilia and homosexuality are one and the same. But to say that all homosexuals are pedophiles, or that all pedophiles are homosexual, is like comparing apples to rat poison. "They certainly are two distinct things," says James Hord, a psychologist in Panama City, Fla., who specializes in treating sexually abused children.

Hord explains that while some pedophiles may prefer boys over girls, or vice versa, it's not so much about gender as it is about age. For homosexuals, Hord says, sexual preference is "simply not linked to the age." If a man, for instance, is attracted to other adult males, he is a homosexual. A man who is sexually attracted to male children is not considered a homosexual: He is a pedophile.

Insecurity at Heart of Pedophilia
As with all things sexual, however, it's not always so simple. Heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual men and women may become sexually attracted to children even though they're also attracted to adults. When this happens, it's usually because of insecurity or stress in an adult relationship, says Anthony Siracusa, a psychologist in Williamstown, Mass., who specializes in treating abused kids and sexual offenders.

These people, Siracusa says, are called "regressed offenders" because they have literally regressed: They lose the social skills they need to deal with other adults, which makes children more attractive to them. Regressed offenders may "bounce back and forth" between normal sexual relationships and criminal relations with children.

Insecurity, Hord agrees, is at the heart of pedophilia. Typically, pedophiles have trouble relating to people their own age. They need to feel they have power and control in a relationship, which is easy with children. One pedophile, "PwC," attests to this, writing on a pedophilia Web site:

"I'm 21 years old, and a virgin, I've never even kissed a girl. I have no job, and can't keep one. I'm frustrated that I'm a virgin, and it seems very unlikely that I'll ever get the kind of woman I want, and I'm desperate, because I need love. I never have molested a little girl, never! I want to though, I'm truly desperate. I want to hold a little girl in my arms, and tell her I love her, and that I'll keep her safe, and protect her, that appeals to me greatly."

This man is remorseful, but there are plenty of pedophiles who are not. Men and women who molest kids "for sport," as Hord puts it, are the most dangerous. They are also the ones who try to justify their sexual preference, arguing that pedophilia should be "normalized," just like homosexuality has been.

Homosexuality was, in fact, listed as a mental illness in psychiatry's main reference book, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, until the third edition came out in 1980. This edition included a category for homosexuals who were troubled by their sexuality and wanted to change it. All mention of homosexuality, however, was purged from the manual by 1987.

"It was well overdue," Siracusa says.

According to a 1994 statement from the American Psychiatric Association, the change came after decades of research showed that "a significant portion of gay and lesbian people were clearly satisfied with their sexual orientation" and showed no signs of mental illness. "It was also found that homosexuals were able to function effectively in society, and those who sought treatment most often did so for reasons other than their homosexuality."

Mental health professionals agree that pedophilia should never be considered normal, because it is truly a disease. None of the things that make homosexuality a normal variation of human sexuality apply to pedophilia.

Sadly, there is no "cure" for the disease. Therapy combined with drugs like SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which includes Prozac and Paxil, works well for many people with other mental illnesses, but it doesn't work for most pedophiles. The best doctors can really hope for is to help keep pedophiles from acting on their urges.
A Pedophile is someone that preys on children to harm them.

Why would someone thumb down my answer...really!
There are no definitive ways to identify someone as a pedophile.
a pedifile is actually someone who has a sexual fetish and forces it on to other people by assaulting them or abuing them... a fetish isnt wrong its just how u handle urself...
Someone who loves pets!
a "pedophile" is a sexual predator that targets children. i dont know if you could actually list off signs of one because they can be anyone. they "love" children. they especially like to use the internet to pose as a young person and gain the confidence of their victims. if you suspect something, trust your instincts and keep your gaurd up. dont give your address or telephone or personal information to anyone on the internet. and for gods sake dont ever go to meet someone alone!! just because they say their a 13 yr old girl and like they really like leo dicaprio too, doesnt like mean that they arent a 40 year old child rapist. there's nothing wrong with self-preservation or guarding your children from these FREAKS. be informed and protect yourself
As sage seeker says! Plus pedophiles usually gravitate to any setting where there are children--again, as ss says--according to their sexual preferences. Schools, and in many positions of work there--coaches, volunteers, teachers, maintenance workers and other parents!! ANYBODY! Children's treatment facilities; gyms; Boy's and Girl Scouts---etc., etc., Uncles, Grandpas, candy store and news stands, neighbors...Priests and pastors--Youth workers, etc. ALL people who work around or with child red need good background checks!! Anyone who curries favor with PARENTS of a child, by praising them for their raising job--in order to get extra time alone with the child! When the parents think the guy (usually) is great, then it makes it almost impossible for the child to inform on any inappropriate behavior. The perp always tells them that the parent won't believe them!

A classic one I saw on a train!! This guy came up to my daughter and son-in-law and their two children, started a friendly conversation and talked about how children just LOVE him! And that parent's often just hand their kids over to him to give the parents a break!! He was very charming and obviously conning my adult kids into letting my grandchildren play with him!! He kept glancing at me, but I glared back--and after some time, he went back to his seat in the rear. I wish I'd been facing the other way, as I'll bet a nickle he went on to another car on the hunt!!

Go to this site. It should sufficiently answer your question. It comes from the DSM IV, what ALL mental health professionals must use when diagnosing. There are some characteristics/signs that will help you to determine. Be careful not to judge or accuse another, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with being aware and cautious. Good question.

P.S. the last part of this web address, (for some reason it did not show up) is ..pedophilia_is_defined, make sure you put .html at the very end.

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