This page lists definitions for common terms that you may find used on this website.

  • Anti-Contact or anti-c: A MAP who believes that sexual activity between adults and minors is harmful.
  • Chronophilia: Used to describe age-based sexual orientations.
    • Examples: Nepiophilia, Pedophilia, Hebephilia, Ephebophilia, Teliophilia, Gerontophilia.
  • CSA: An acronym for “Child Sexual Abuse”.
  • CSEM: An acronym for “Child Sexual Exploitation Material” which describes content involving a child or depiction of a child in a sexual pose or situation. The broad scope of this term has generated pushback from child-protection organizations.
  • Ephebophile: Someone with ephebophilia. Experiences attraction to late-pubescent and/or post-pubescent minors.
  • Exclusive: A MAP who is only attracted to minors.
  • Gerontophilia: sexual preference for the elderly.
  • Hebephile: Someone with hebephilia. Experiences attraction to early-pubescent minors.
  • MAP: An acronym for Minor-Attracted Person, which refers to anyone with a primary or secondary attraction to minors. It is an umbrella term used by researchers in the academic field encompassing nepiophiles, pedophiles, hebephiles, and ephebophiles.
  • Mesophilia: sexual preference for middle-ages adults.
  • Nepiophile: Someone with nepiophilia. Experiences attraction to babies and/or toddlers.
  • NOMAP: An acronym for “Non-Offending Minor-Attracted Person“, which describes a MAP who is not engaging in illegal sexual activity with a minor or consuming CSAM.
  • Non-Exclusive: A MAP who is also attracted to people their age in addition to being attracted to minors.
  • Paraphilia: the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, fantasies, behaviors, or individuals (previously known as sexual perversion and sexual deviation).
    • Examples: Podophilia (foot fetish), Sexual Masochism, and Sexual Sadism.
  • Paraphilic Disorder: A mental disorder in which an individual experiences clinical distress due to a paraphilia or acts on a paraphilia in a way that causes or risks harm to others. Having a paraphilia does not automatically mean somebody has a paraphilic disorder.
  • Pedophile: Someone with pedophilia, an attraction to prepubescent children. The media and most people in society often incorrectly use this word as a synonym for child molester. Not all child molesters are pedophiles and not all pedophiles are child molesters. These terms are not interchangeable.
  • Pedophilic Disorder: A condition where someone with pedophilia experiences clinical distress due to their attractions and the stigma surrounding them or acts on their attractions in a way that causes or risks harm to a child.
    • Note: Having pedophilia does not automatically mean somebody has pedophilic disorder.
  • Teleiophilia: sexual preference for adults.