I’m struggling to believe what my eyes are reading. A conference held in Baltimore on August 17th includes exchanging ideas WITH “minor-attracted persons who have an interest in critical issues surrounding the entry for pedophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Health Disorders. The input of “minor-attracted persons” is important to this conference where several major universities are represented.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) says it is most important to have accurate and complete scientific information on pedophilia, and hebephilia and ephebophilia in the DSM (are you learning some new terminology? I am). What pedophiles and hebeophiles and ephebophiles think, makes a difference to the APA. It seems what is learned from this conference can help victims! I would like to know how.
Hebephilias are those who have a sexual preference for children in the early years of puberty, ages 10-14. Ephebophilias prefer children in the later years of adolescence. Pedophiles prefer prepubescent children. At this conference, there will be an effort to establish whether or not hebephilia is a mental disorder. Put them all together and this group is known as paraphilias.
[B4U-ACT website]…it has an enormous impact on the beliefs and practices of mental health professionals, the criminal justice system, the media, and the public. It also has a profound effect on adults and teenagers who are emotionally and sexually attracted to children or adolescents, on the availability of mental health services for them, and on relevant research.
Assuming these three differing preferences are considered a mental disorder, can we correctly assume claiming that disorder in court will send a person to a hospital rather than a prison after they have ruined the life of a child?
On the schedule is Dr. John Z. Sadler: Decriminalizing Mental Disorder Concepts – Pedophilia as an Example. Here is one way the conference will consider the problem of paraphilias (my emphasis):
(2) If Pedophilia and related categories are to be preserved as legitimate, nonmorally value-laden disorders, then they require a preponderance of nonmorally-value-laden diagnostic descriptors in their diagnostic criteria.
B4U-ACT, a group of pro-pedophile activists and mental health professionals, is behind the August 17 conference, which will include panelists from Harvard University, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Louisville, and the University of Illinois.
On their website B4U-ACT classifies pedophilia as simply another sexual orientation and decries the “stigma” attached to pedophilia, observing: “No one chooses to be emotionally and sexually attracted to children or adolescents. The cause is unknown; in fact, the development of attraction to adults is not understood.” The group says that it does not advocate treatment to change feelings of attraction to children or adolescents
In the LifeNews article, Law Professor Judith Reisman talks about ‘The Academic Pedophile Lobby.’ Reisman says the DSM has already lightened their diagnosis of pedophilia to make it almost meaningless, and as a result we have now have women pedophiles as well as men.
I understand research on mental disorders to be important and necessary, but what makes many of us physically ill as we read of these elitists making decisions on things, such as: is pedophilia a ‘legitimate nonmorally value-laden disorder,’ we know we are cruising down the low road to acceptance and normalizing pedophilia paraphilias (scary when my spell checker can correct paraphilias).