Terms and Definitions

TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

 

Child molester (molestation)

 A general term - includes convicted and non convicted, contact and non-contact - for adults (aged 17+) who sexually offend against a child (aged <16)

 

Rape

 A person (A) commits an offence if –

 (a) he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person (B)  with his penis,

(b) does not consent to the penetration, and

(c) A does not reasonably believe that B consents

 In law, the victim can be a child, it is the nature of the act which matters.

 

Rapist

 A general term (non legal) to refer to someone who rapes.

 Can reasonably be used to talk about men who sexually offend against adult women (whether or not actually convicted of rape, rather than indecent assault).

 

Child sexual abuse image

The current term for 'internet pornography'.

Includes: obeying, producing, distributing, possessing child pornography for the purpose of its distribution through a computer system.

 

The term 'child pornography' includes material that visually depicts:

- a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct',

- a person appearing to be a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct;

- realistic images representing a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct

 

 However, many 'internet offenders are also found to have LEGAL images, such as naturist pictures.

 

Paedophile

 Essentially, a person who is sexually attracted to children. That is, over a period of time (> 6 months) and to > 1 child.

 

This therefore, does NOT have to include men who offend (assault), simply those who think about it.

Only a subgroup (30%) of child molesters.

 

Child sexual abuser

 Carries the same definition as child molester. That is, a general term - includes convicted and non convicted, contact and non-contact - for adults (aged 17+) who sexually offend against a child (aged <16) .

 

Exhibitionist (m)

Strictly speaking, the act of exposing in public, or semi-public context, those parts of one's body that are not normally exposed - for example, the breasts, genitals or buttocks.

 

Psychiatric definition:

 Exhibitionism, which involves exposing one's genitals or sexual organs to a stranger, falls under the psychiatric sexual disorders category of paraphilias, ''abnormal or unnatural attraction”.

 

Indecent exposure

 The legal term for the public display of parts of the anatomy in a manner which may be offensive to others.

 

CPS definition:

man or woman exposes their genitalia with intent to cause alarm or distress.

 

 Child exploitation  

a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity in exchange for things such as money, gifts, accommodation, affection or status.

 Child sexual exploitation is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually abuse them.

 

 

 

 


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