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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.
Yet another reason to turn Afghanistan into a parking lot.
We need to print the name and address of everyone who is pushing this. They need to fear for their lives.
The truth is victimizers are about 90% male. Females, by a margin of approximately 3-to-1, are the victims. Clearly, homosexuality is overrepresented compared to their percentage of population, but again, the orientation misses the point of recognizing the underlying sickness.
Pedophilia is predatory behavior.
NAMBLA is using the gay agenda political playbook to normalize their behavior. They are trying to draw a moral equivalency between “same sex attraction” and “inter-generational attraction.” They use romantic language to disguise the ugly truth. Pedophiles are wolves preying on a flock of sheep. Concentrating on the orientation of the victimizer and the victim, although enlightening and useful, will not lead to recognizing the mental illness driving the behavior.
Yeah. The more I hear about Afghan culture, the more I classify them with Palestinians: bad cultures with no redeeming qualities, not deserving of a penny of American money or a drop of American blood.
Yup, deviants have been defining morality in this country ever since a homosexual pedophile told the nation what constituted “normal” sexual behavior in the 1950s, as funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
We all know the environmentalists are just an arm of Marxism. The psychiatric profession is also an arm of the Left. As the Left gains more control they will lean on psychiatrist to help them enforce their ideology. People whom they can’t easily put in prison they will declare mentally ill and hospitalize and drug them. This is common in Communists countries.
Tall tree, short rope....
This is where the culture war turns bloody.
The term ‘orientation’ is a made up left-wing term they use to try and promote the myth of homosexuality being a natural inborn quality.
Homosexuality is a behavior and a corruption of natural inborn sexuality.
To use the term ‘orientation’ as defined by the left-wing is to help their agenda.
About 20% of the world population (Muslims) believe that pedophilia is normal.
“...lead to recognizing the mental illness driving the behavior.”
Once recognized, then what, a deeper understanding? I’ve argued that acceptance of the homosexual agenda would only encourage social and political action to accept every type of sexual perversion, pedophilia being the logical next step. If we allow our culture to be destroyed, no amount of psychological understanding of various sexual perversions will do anything to stop the problem. I sympathize with your desire to fight pedophilia. If you deny the obvious connections between homosexuality and pedophilia, and the obvious mistake of ignoring the role the homosexual agenda plays in advancing more cultural acceptance of sexual perversion, your fight is lost.
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.
This is not an American construct. And it's not an idea. It's real and devastating to the children.
Your mentality diminishes the damage done to the children.
care to clarify that mumbo jumbo?
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.
mamelukesabre is correct, CURRENTLY America believes pedophilia is deviant, but much of the rest of the "civilized" world doesn't seem to care.
What matters most is whether or not Americans stays true to our traditional values, because, as Ronald Reagan pointed out:
"We are indeed, and we are today, the last best hope of man on earth."
Free speech should end where NAMBLA begins.
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