Pedocriminality: Why We Should Stop Using the Word Pedophilia When Discussing Childhood Sexual Abuse

Why stop using the word ‘pedophilia’–the Instagram account where I first discovered the use of the terms ‘pedocriminal’ and ‘pedocriminality’


Pederasty in ancient Greece was a socially acknowledged romantic relationship between an adult male (the erastes) and a younger male (the eromenos) usually in his teens.

Etymology and Definition

The Problem with “Pedophile” — Pedophile Does Not Equal Pedocriminal

Papier Collé, a classic form of public protest and demonstration which uses paper collages to spell out sentences along walls, bridges, and buildings is used in many regions in France. In this image, protesters spell out a message regarding CSA on the walls of a police station.

The Problem with “Child Molester” — Not All CSA is Molestation

  • rape
  • exhibitionism
  • masturbation in the presence of a minor
  • forcing the minor to masturbate themselves or the pedocriminal
  • obscene phone calls/text messages/digital interaction
  • producing or showing pornographic images or films to these children potentially involving children
  • sex of any kind (vaginal, oral, anal)
  • sex trafficking

The Problem with “Child Sex Offender” — The Term Doesn’t Technically Exist

Survivor of Pedocrimnality, it is courageous to speak out. We know that it is difficult.

Adopting “Pedocriminal” and “Pedociminality”



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