How many pedophiles are child molesters and vise versa?

In common public terms, pedophiles and child molesters are the same thing.

In liberal public terms, all child molesters are pedophiles but not all pedophiles are child molesters.

However, I’ve also seen this concept floating around which not only dictates that the vast majority of pedophiles don’t offend but it also dictates that the vast majority of child predators aren’t pedophiles in any sense of the term.

I’d like to believe this but I cannot find any sources to back this up, if this is true could someone provide some sources?

Um… pedophile means attraction to prepubescent children, not someone who harms kids.

I disagree with the accuracy of both your liberal and common terms.

Most who sexually abuse children are not minor attracted, nor pedophiles:



Most who are minor attracted do not harm children:

As for sources, Prostasia Foundation has plenty: https://www.zotero.org/groups/2249125/csa_prevention/collections/G7SPRSG7/items/4QXP2NX5/collection

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