Skip to comments.Conference aims to normalize pedophilia
Posted on 08/15/2011 9:14:56 AM PDT by freespirited
If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Associations bible of mental illnesses the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), set to undergo a significant revision by 2013. Critics warn that their success could lead to the decriminalization of pedophilia.
The August 17 Baltimore conference is sponsored by B4U-ACT, a group of pro-pedophile mental health professionals and sympathetic activists. According to the conference brochure, the event will examine ways in which minor-attracted persons [pedophiles] can be involved in the DSM 5 revision process and how the popular perceptions of pedophiles can be reframed to encourage tolerance.
Researchers from Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Illinois will be among the panelists at the conference.
B4U-ACT has been active attacking the APAs definition of pedophilia in the run up to the conference, denouncing its description of minor-attracted persons as inaccurate and misleading because the current DSM links pedophilia with criminality.
It is based on data from prison studies, which completely ignore the existence of those who are law-abiding, said Howard Kline, science director of B4U-ACT, in a July 25, 2011 press release. The proposed new diagnostic criteria specify ages and frequencies with no scientific basis whatsoever.
The press release announced a letter the group sent to the APA criticizing its approach, and inviting its leaders to participate in the August 17 conference. The DSM should meet a higher standard than that, Kline continued. We can help them, because we are the people they are writing about.
APA spokeswoman Erin Connors told The Daily Caller in an emailed statement that her organization was not participating in the conference and would not comment on its aims.
Child advocate Dr. Judith Reisman, a visiting professor at Liberty Universitys School of Law, said the conference is part of a strategy to condition people into accepting pedophiles.
The first thing they do is to get the public to divest from thinking of what the offender does criminally, to thinking of the offenders emotional state, to think of him as thinking of his emotional state, [and] to empathize and sympathize, Reisman said. You dont change the nation in one fell swoop; you have to change it by conditioing. The aim is to get them [pedophiles] out of prison.
According to Reisman, empirical data show that pedophiles typically molest many children before finally being caught.
The data on paroled pedophiles confirms these predators repeat their crimes against children and are known to have escalated them even to murder, Reisman said.
Several speakers at the August 17 conference, including B4U-ACT director of operations Dr. Richard Kramer and conference keynote speaker Dr. Fred Berlin, of the Johns Hopkins University, have actively opposed sex offender notification laws.
What purpose does calling someone a pervert or predator serve anyway, other than to express contempt and hatred? Kramer wrote in a March 14, 2009 blog entry on the website ReformSexOffenderLaws.org. How is this productive? It certainly doesnt protect children. I would urge all SO [sex offender] activists to listen to their own message: Stop buying into and promoting false stereotypes. Stop demonizing a whole class of people, and start learning the facts.
Berlin has similarly compared societys reaction to pedophilia to that of homosexuality prior to the landmark 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision that decriminalized sodomy.
B4U-ACTs own website puts Berlins views front and center. Just as has been the case historically with homosexuality, he writes, society is currently addressing the matter of pedophilia with a balance that is far more heavily weighted on the side of criminal justice solutions than on the side of mental health solutions.
Berlins opposition to, and even noncompliance with, Marylands sex offender notification law drew scrutiny from former Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran in the early 1990s.
In 1990 The Baltimore Sun reported that Berlin refused to report pedophiles under his care who were actively molesting children.
His empathy was with the pedophile and the pederast, not with the child victim, Reisman told TheDC. He refused to report the criminal to law enforcement because he said they were in treatment.
Taxpayers pay for treatment and they are molesting kids. They go out to Berlin, and he gets paid by us [the taxpayers] for therapy.
Reisman also claims that mental health practitioners like Berlin want to place pedophilia on a par with neuroses or clinical depression, and counsel pedophiles rather than incarcerate them.
The scientific defense of pedophiles follows on the natural outgrowth of [Alfred Kinseys] 1948 book Sexual Behavior of the Human Male where he describes the rapes of infants and children, as would any pedophile, as orgasmic, Reisman said.
Reisman warns that declassifying pedophilia as a mental illness could result in the repeal of child-protection statutes because the law always follows the input of psychiatry. She points to psychiatrys normalization of sadomasochism, exhibitionism, and homosexuality as precedents.
[I]t has been carried from the university to the law, going back to Kinsey, Reisman said.
And other conference panelists such as Jacob Breslow, a graduate student in gender research at the London School of Economics, plan to discuss how political activists can exploit removing pedophilia from the next edition of the DSM for their own ends.
Allowing for a form of non-diagnosable minor attraction is exciting, as it creates a sexual or political identity by which activists, scholars and clinicians can better understand Minor Attracted Persons, Breslow writes in a summary of his upcoming August 17 presentation.
This understanding may displace the stigma, fear and objection that is naturalized as being attached to Minor Attracted Persons and may alter the terms by which non-normative sexualities are known. Dr. Fred Berlin could not be reached for comment.
‘Actor Corey Feldman: Pedophilia #1 Problem for Child Stars, Led to Death of Corey Haim’
Why does this guy look like the type to be cruising highway rest stops and school playgrounds in a Chevy van?
The National Association of Marlon Brando Look Alikes?
They had better remove the 2nd amendment before they enact this, because as the father of three if the law refuses to protect my children then I by God will, even if it means having to give the wife one last kiss before they take me out in cuffs.
This is unacceptable.
“Your comments diminish the enormous, sometimes generational, damage heterosexual pedophilia does to our society.”
Read it however you want. My comment excuses no form of pedophilia. You diminish the very true point that pedophilia is quite often be linked to homosexuality, expressed or repressed. You also ignore the fact that homosexuals have advanced their agenda by diminishing the effect it has on normalizing all sexual perversions. ...I’m not the person you should be lecturing if you are sincere about fighting pedophilia in our culture.
Hey, it’s just a “sexual preference,” right?
And when they are convicted, shove pedophiles into `general population’. Problem soon eliminated.
“It would be better that a great millstone be hung around their necks, and they be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
Remember: Politics-not science-decided that homosexuals are normal
The 1972 Gay Rights Platform
# 7 - Repeal of all laws governing the age of sexual consent.
Maybe I’m just showing my age here, but I can recall a time when anyone even attempting to legitimize pedophilia would have been run out of town on a rail. It’s just stunning that anyone would think that this is alright.
It would be better that a great millstone be hung around their necks, and they be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Maybe in these rough economic times I should invest in millstones. It looks like a growth industry.
I say that with a tear in my eye.
If they are molesting children or creating a market for child pornography, they are not law-abiding. The only way a pedophile can be law-abiding is if they do absolutely nothing toward fulfilling those urges. In which case, we might consider that the shame and stigma may be the only thing holding them in check. Let's not do away with it.
Even seeing this, no matter how small the group of proponents, saddens and depresses me in ways I can’t even describe.
You are spot on in your assessment.
Why are you people surprised?
the whole concept of pedophilia being deviant and damaging behavior is currently mostly an american idea. Most of the world does not think there is anything wrong with such behavior. Just as most of the world does not believe there is anything wrong with multiple wives, slavery, prostitution, concubines, mistresses, extortion, blood feuds, nepotism, tyranny, dictatorships, fascism, communism, wife beating, rape, torture, etc.
There is a very unique sequence of empires and cultures and events that led up to the american set of values. The sequence went like this:
german civil war
english civil war
puritans, calvinists, quakers, shakers
american war of independence
american constitution and democratic republic government
american civil war
Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't one have to be tried and convicted first in order to be considered a pedophile? If so, then, someone please explain the concept of a law-abiding pedophile!!!
Once people replaced emotion with reason, nothing is taboo.
It was Gramscied. Subverted into something totally different.
For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers. Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are bacha baz, the term for an older man with a boy lover. Literally it means "boy player." The men like to boast about it. "Having a boy has become a custom for us," Enayatullah, a 42-year-old in Baghlan province, told a Reuters reporter. "Whoever wants to show off should have a boy."http://www.debbieschlussel.com/20825/must-watch-the-bacha-bazi-boys-video-on-afghanistans-dancing-boys-how-muslims-pimp-young-boys-for-gang-rape/
And our hand-picked Prime Minister, Afghanistans Hamid Karzai, actually allows this pimping and human trafficking of poor, young boys to devout Muslims to gang rape them. And thats after they make the boys wear womens clothing and dance for them.
Any country that permits an organization like NAMBLA to exist has a serious problem recognizing the difference between right and wrong .... good and evil. NAMBLA advocates homosexual pedophilia. If there were a NAMBLA office in my neighborhood I think there would be a very good chance that it would be fire bombed.
I'd have told ya that for free thirty years ago.
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