Can underage teenagers also be pedophiles and what would consider them one?

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  • First of all, a pedophile is a person who is sexually attracted to PREpubescent children - more or less meaning children 12 or under. So, yes, a teenager could definitely be a pedophile.

    It's also true that being sexually attracted to teens does NOT make someone a pedophile, as virtually all teens are post-pubescent. It may still not be legal, or socially acceptable, but it isn't pedophilia, because, by definition, that requires a PREpubescent child.

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  • Technically, yes and no.
    Most pedophiles are made during childhood and adolescence, but unless they are past adolescence, they can't really be diagnosed.

    You can't tell between what's the normal attraction at that age and what's already a fixation.
    It's normal for middle schoolers to like each other, it's when the attraction fails to transition to liking adults in adulthood and remains fixated, then it's pedophilia.

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  • Pedophilia is attraction to prepubescent children, so yes, they can be pedophiles.
    People who have sex with pubescent teenagers are not pedophiles, they are hebephiles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebephilia - It can be legal in some countries.
    People who have sex with adolescent teenagers are called ephebophiles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephebophilia - It's legal in lots of countries, but there are exceptions.

  • Kind of. It's not pedophilia for a prepubescent or pubescent children to feel attracted to each other, it's normal. However once you've hit 16 or 17 and are attracted to a child around 13/14 and below (not sure what the cut off is) you are a pedophile. I'm not sure if it would be seen as pedopilia in society though.

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  • Yes I know a 13 year old girl who molested her 11 year old cousin

  • Yeah, there are stories of 17 year olds doing things to 7 year olds. Everyone involved needs real help.

  • By definition, a pedophile is someone attracted to pre-pubescent children. So yes, if a 15 year old is sexually attracted to a 5 year old, they are a pedophile.

  • I suppose it depends how young your going as an underage person but if you get caught with nudes of underage people on your phone even as a child it's still child pornogrohy

  • Of course. you don't just become attracted to little kids once you hit your 60th birthday lmao

  • if they are raping or molesting kids , then yeah

    • teenager means they have went through puberty , if they rape anyone who has not hit puberty , it is pedo. If they rape people of their own age , it's just rape

  • yes, because that term applies to anyone that likes prepubescent children.

  • Yup that's how a lot homosexuals are born.

    • That stuff also happens to a lot of foster kids by other foster kids

  • Yes as long as they can understand what they have done.
    In the UK we had one the Bulger cases. Two young lads abducted a 3year old , messed him about and ended up killing him. They went to prison , each was about 10 years old...

  • They can't be pedophiles, because it requires one partner to be older

  • If they're sending stuff or doing stuff with kids "of consent"

  • What a creepy question.

  • They can. Anybody attracted to people 12 and under are.

  • Since a pedophile is someone who like pre pubescent children... yes anyone who has sexual interest with someone 12 and under is technically a pedophile.