Does a football team need fans?
The end of the world as we know it?
How do you feel about this?
Ah. See for me there's not much difference between them - my abuser is far from the only one I know of (infamous or just privately) who abused both small children and a fourteen-year-old (and for that matter, his wives and some, not all, of the other women he had sex with).
From my personal experience and the research I did, I would feel like I was hair-splitting to think there's much difference between an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old (average ones) in terms of how much emotional harm the molester does. And I class child molesters (accused or verified) on how much damage they could do to fragile young minds, rather than on how perverted their actions seem to society.
It's been a long time since our culture's experience of child, or not, matched our physical expression of sexual coming-of-age. A lot longer than the 40-ish years since Moore's accuser says he did those things to her.
All that to say, I can see why you feel it's hyperbole, but I think a lot of the people using the term are doing it not out of hyperbole, but out of just having different definitions than you do of who children are. (I certainly wouldn't object to anyone saying he's a "teen molester" instead, except we don't really have a clear concept of what that would mean in our society.) Insofar as I've been calling him a "child molester" I was probably distinguishing between his interest in 16-18 year olds at 30-something (gross but not outside of legal bounds where I grew up, and something I've seen actually work out tolerably well in rare cases), and his non-consensual treatment of at least one 14-year-old? Like, that *is* different from sexual abuse of someone 3 or 7 years old, but it's almost equally different from sexual abuse of someone who is 18.
Sorry if the above is a bit rambly / contradictory, I've been trying really hard to stay present and balanced and kind during these discussions, and it's a crapload of work to do so, for obvious reasons.