Friday, 28 February 2014

British Academics Working to Normalize Paedophilia

 The American organization calling itself B4U-ACT is the US version of the infamous Paedophile Information network actively supported by Harriet Harman and other top members of the Labour Party.
B4U-ACT (Before You Act) started as a support network for people who wanted to discuss their unfortunate attraction to minors. It protests about public "prejudice" against paedophiles, and tries to persuade us that paedos are just nice, misunderstood people. Re-branding is the name of the game, and if you call them "minor-attracted persons" it sounds so much less bigoted! They have taken these tactics directly from the LGBT movement which is their breeding-ground.
   Last year B4U-Act sent a public letter to The Editor of  Harvard Mental Health, Harvard University,  calling for  the de-stigmatisation of paedophilia.  This was written to the in response to an article of theirs, entitled, "Pessimism about Pedophilia", saying that curing paedophiles was a near impossibility. 
   B4U-ACT's letter, entitled, “ B4U-ACT Responds to Pejorative Letter in Harvard Mental Health Letter” said, “Inaccurate stereotypes lead to dehumanization..... “people who are stigmatized experience social death when others in society hold attitudes and behave in ways to turn the stigmatized person into an 'other,' or a non-person....The article called for therapies that affirmed a paedophile's "sense of dignity and worth" to "save them from feelings of hopelessness and even suicide." It said “If stigma is primarily psychological, then eradicating it may involve psychotherapy to help patients boost self-esteem. If it is more of a social construct, the way to fight it is through awareness campaigns to change public opinion and policies. And if stigma is a moral issue, then it may be necessary to advocate for basic human rights.” 
  Why, it sounds like the LGBT militants talking and surprise surprise, it is the LGBT militants who are talking.
 The signatories to the letter claim to be mental health professionals but the first two are just the leaders of B4U-Act - how  does that make them mental health professionals? Signatory number seven is "Dr" Eric Anderson of Winchester University, whose credentials as an academic stem from his qualifications in so-called "sports studies". [I wonder if he studied under Jerry Sandusky?] He publishes books of "research" into the need for more promiscuity among young males. "Research", that is what he calls it, and the tax-payer is funding this. 

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When "Dr" sorry "Professor" Anderson was invited to Oxford to speak to the LGBT group here, his coarse, foul language and gross attitudes shocked even them. He was recorded on the Oxford Student website as saying that “The damage that’s caused by child molestation is socially constructed by the western world,” in other words, don't make a fuss about it and there is no problem. He is also reported as saying that paying for sex is just like paying for any other form of "pleasure and entertainment", and boasting  about the thousands of teenage boys who have helped him in his "research" .
These are the sort of people who are taking over in academia thanks to trendy leftie garbage ideology.  
In the letter to Harvard University, the signatory above "Professor" Anderson is that of Wayne Bowers, President of the Board of the so-called, Sex Abuse Treatment Alliance, who is reported by newspapers to be a twice convicted paedophile. 
If you agree that it is wrong for such people to be teaching in British universities and getting public funding, you could write to the Vice-Chancellor Of Winchester University, Professor Joy Carter, and urge her to terminate this unsavoury man's contract.
Personally I think he should be sacked without references and never allowed to teach again.

Email:
joy.carter@winchester.ac.uk



WRITE TO YOUR MP AND DEMAND THAT SUCH PEOPLE ARE KICKED OUT OF UNIVERSITIES AND NO MORE FUNDING IS EVER GIVEN TO THEIR DESPICABLE PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES.


News

B4U-ACT > News > April 25, 2011


B4U-ACT Responds to Pejorative Letter in Harvard Mental Health Letter

B4U-ACT joined with seven mental health professionals to object to an article recently published in the Harvard Mental Health Letter. The open letter sent in response follows:

B4U-ACT, Inc.
P.O. Box 1754
Westminster, MD 21158April 25, 2011
The Editor
Harvard Mental Health Letter
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Dear Editor,
We wish to respond to the article Pessimism About Pedophilia published in your July 2010 issue.
A broader examination of the facts demonstrates that pessimism as a professional response to pedophilia and hebephilia is unjustified and leads to serious undesirable consequences.
People who are attracted to children or adolescents can and do contribute positively to their communities and to society. The non-profit organization B4U-ACT, based in Maryland, consists of such people working together with mental health professionals to promote dialog, the dissemination of accurate information, and the accessibility of compassionate mental health services. The people who are attracted to minors that we know deal with their sexuality in responsible ways and live within the law. They care about the well-being of children and adolescents as much as other people; many are parents themselves.
Most available information about minor-attracted people is inaccurate and incomplete. Most minor-attracted people do not come to the attention of the criminal justice or mental health systems, or when they do, their positive characteristics and contributions are not acknowledged. As a result, descriptions are based solely on non-representative forensic samples and inaccurate assumptions about their feelings and motives. Non-forensic research presents a more hopeful picture, finding that they may be similar to the general population in personality and psychological functioning (Okami & Goldberg, 1992; Wilson & Cox, 1983). In addition, there is strong evidence that their feelings of attraction may be similar to those of people attracted to adults: they may involve feelings of affection, tenderness, and romantic attraction (Blanchard, 2009; Li, 1990b; Sandfort, 1987; Wilson & Cox, 1983).
Treatment can be very effective. Some minor-attracted people connected to B4U-ACT have experienced therapy that helped them to find ways of coping with their sexuality and society's response to it, and to develop fulfilling relationships while living within the law. Such treatment is only effective when the therapist has an accurate understanding of pedophilia or hebephilia, shows empathy and compassion for the patient, and works cooperatively with the patient to develop treatment goals and approaches.
Pessimism, inaccurate and negative characterizations, and a reliance on law-enforcement rather than therapeutic approaches by the mental health profession seriously discourage minor-attracted people from seeking services. Such responses strongly suggest to potential clients that mental health professionals will not understand them, will respond to them with suspicion or hostility, will ignore their mental health needs, or will report their feelings to authorities. In a recent survey of minor-attracted people conducted by B4U-ACT, one respondent said, “I have no way of knowing if they'll call the cops just for telling them my attraction. I wouldn't want to see a psychologist unless I can be truly open and honest. So that's out.” Another said, “I can never reveal the fact that I am a pedophile. At least now, they do not know that they hate me, and that is the best that I can ever hope for.” Altogether, 54% of 166 respondents cited fears that therapists would report their feelings to authorities or others, 63% feared negative judgmental reactions, and 48% feared they would be treated unethically by therapists. Minor-attracted people learn that they must remain in hiding. This does not protect children.
In short, negative stereotypes and reliance on law-enforcement approaches by mental health professionals intensify stigma, causing serious negative consequences. The very same issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter also contained an article on this topic: The Evolving Understanding of Stigma. The article noted that “the constant background noise of stereotyped or inaccurate information contributes to the persistent stigma about mental illness...stigma is important because it contributes to delays in seeking treatment for mental health disorders and problems in accessing care.” In B4U-ACT's survey, 40% of respondents said at some point they had wanted services to deal with issues related to their sexuality, but never received them due to fear or stigma. In addition, 27% said they wanted services for other reasons but did not seek them because they could not be honest with a therapist about their sexuality. Sixteen percent also said they had received such services, but these services were inadequate for the same reason.
Adolescents and young adults just realizing they are attracted to minors are especially vulnerable to stigma. Feelings of hopelessness can lead them to depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts. Some of the volunteers at B4U-ACT have experienced this in their youth. Others have been contacted by youth who abused alcohol, engaged in self-harming behavior, or were suicidal due to the stigma of their attraction to children. In the B4U-ACT survey, 44% of respondents had thought seriously about suicide due to their sexuality; the most common age for such thoughts was 16.
Inaccurate stereotypes lead to dehumanization. As the stigma article notes, “people who are stigmatized experience social death when others in society hold attitudes and behave in ways to turn the stigmatized person into an 'other,' or a non-person...This leads to dehumanizing treatment, such as making psychiatric patients in China wear outfits like those of prisoners, [or] prohibiting them from participating in family gatherings...If stigma is primarily psychological, then eradicating it may involve psychotherapy to help patients boost self-esteem. If it is more of a social construct, the way to fight it is through awareness campaigns to change public opinion and policies. And if stigma is a moral issue, then it may be necessary to advocate for basic human rights.”
We urge mental health professionals to reject pessimistic responses and to join in a hopeful effort both to protect children and to promote the well-being of people who are attracted to minors. Such an effort would involve reducing stigma, conducting non-forensic research on pedophilia and hebephilia, making accurate information available to professionals, the public, and minor-attracted people, and providing visible therapeutic services to minor-attracted people.
Sincerely,
Russell Dick, LCSW-CChair, Board of Directors, B4U-ACT, Inc.
Richard KramerDirector of Operations, B4U-ACT, Inc.
Tom Scott, MSW, LCSW-CExecutive Director of Clinical Services, National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
Kevin J. McCamant, Ph.D.Private Practitioner, Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Sex Offender Treatment Provider
Wayne BowersPresident of the Board, Sex Abuse Treatment Alliance
Eric AndersonSociologist and Professor, University of Winchester, U.K.
Lee Beckstead, PhDPrivate practitioner
Marjorie Diehl, ACSW
Amy Craig-Van Grack, LCSW-C
References
Blanchard, R. (2009), Paraphilia scales from Kurt Freund's Erotic Preferences Examination Scheme
Li, C.K. (1990b), Some case studies of adult sexual experiences with children Journal of Homosexuality, 20 (1-2), 129-144.
Okami, P. & Goldberg, A. (1992), Personality correlates of pedophilia: Are they reliable indicators?Journal of Sex Research, 29, 297-328.
Sandfort, T. (1987), Boys on their contacts with men: A study of sexually expressed friendships. New York: Global Academic Publishers.
Wilson, G. & Cox, D. (1983), The Child-Lovers: A Study of Paedophiles in Society. London: Peter Owen Publishers.



Updated June 20, 2011
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.http://www.b4uact.org/news/20110425.htm.
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2010/July/pessimism-about-pedophilia
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/nov/14/man-who-was-twice-convicted-child-sex-charges-now-/

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