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A Psychological View on Pedophilia

Date: Time: 19:00 Location: Online (link via registration). Registration is closed!

Pedophilia is considered a taboo. But it's often in the headlines. What is pedophilia? Who are pedophiles? How do you recognize it? How is it treated? This symposium looks at pedophilia from a psychological and theoretical viewpoint. (English / SG-Certificate*)

Time: 19:00-21:00 hrs. 

Online (link via registration). Registration  for this event is closed!

A Psychological View

Psychologists, forensic specialists and others study pedophilia. It is defined as “recurrent, intense arousing fantasies, urges or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child.”

It is good to know that not all pedophiles are child molesters (or vice versa). Child molesters are defined by their acts; pedophiles are defined by their desires. Some pedophiles refrain from sexually approaching any child for their entire lives.

Although most experts do not think a person's feelings of pedophilia are curable, therapy may help them manage those feelings and not act on them.


Stefan Bogaerts, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology & Forensic Psychology (Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Stefan Bogaerts is the moderator of this event. He starts of with an introduction on pedophilia. What is, for instance, the difference between pedophilia and a pedophilic disorder?

Stefan Bogaerts

Maayke DostPsychologist at Stop it Now!

The organization 'Stop it Now!' offers anonymous, confidential and free help to:
-  People who have viewed, downloaded or are inclined to view images of sexual abuse of minors
-  Close relatives of the above (partners, parents, family, friends, colleagues, etc.)
-  Professionals (teachers, educators, general practitioners et cetera).

Maayke Dost

Manon KleijnPhd-student (Tilburg University) and Fivoor

Manon Kleijn is working on her PhD project about online sex offending and grooming. She used a qualitative thematic analysis to analyse 195 cases of chat conversations between online groomers and operators posing as a minor Filipino girl, to investigate online groomers' approaches to entice minors for sexual activities. 

Manon Kleijn

More information

Studium Generale and Study Association Complex.

Contact: Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).

* For students, this event may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions.


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