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Pro-Pedophile Group Piggybacks on ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’

Posted on | September 9, 2011 | 8 Comments

“[T]herapeutic morality encourages a permanent suspension of the moral sense. There is a close connection, in turn, between the erosion of moral responsibility and the waning capacity for self-help . . . between the elimination of culpability and the elimination of competence.”
Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations (1979)

“Some people view children as the next sexual frontier.”
Stephanie Dallam, April 2002

Last month, I reported about the group “B4U-Act” that is trying to de-stigmatize pedophilia. Now the group has sent out a press release which I reprint in its entirety:

Advocates of Stigma Contribute to Suicide
By Richard Kramer
With the approach of World Suicide Prevention Day this Saturday, it’s time to address a contributing factor to suicide that’s been taboo far too long — especially since a small group of ideologues is fighting to suppress discussion and worsen the problem.
Most of us know that stigmatizing people for something they did not choose is harmful and unjust. Intense stigma can contribute to suicide risk and prevent people from getting help.
Many people face intense stigma about their sexuality. No one chooses who they are emotionally and sexually attracted to. Instead, they discover it, usually in early adolescence. Most of us are aware that gay teens often discover their orientation in middle or high school, and that the stigma they face may increase their suicide risk.
There’s an additional reality that may be hard to accept, but that must be faced if we’re serious about combating suicide. Some adolescents discover they’re preferentially attracted to children or younger adolescents, and this stays with them throughout their lives. Most of us want to believe that only older adults have such feelings, but sexual feelings don’t suddenly appear in adulthood. Experts estimate that in puberty, 1% to 7% of all boys first experience preferential attraction to younger children that will be lifelong. In a recent survey,* adults attracted to children or young adolescents reported they first experienced these feelings at a median age of 13.
It’s crucial to distinguish between feelings and behavior. Research suggests that many, maybe most, people attracted to children or adolescents do not act on these feelings. Certainly most youths who discover they’re attracted to younger children haven’t acted on those feelings.
Stigma puts these teenagers—and the adults they may grow into — at risk for suicide, and makes them afraid to seek help. Almost half the survey respondents had seriously considered suicide — at a median age of 19 — and 13% attempted it. A growing number of teens attracted to children are seeking anonymous support at online mental health forums. One 15-year-old recently posted that he felt like killing himself and couldn’t talk to anyone in real life about it.
This is why a Westminster, Maryland organization is working to end the secrecy, fear, and lack of knowledge surrounding the issue. Through workshops and conferences, B4U-ACT facilitates discussion among clinicians, researchers, and law-abiding minor-attracted people. Attendees at its symposium last month in Baltimore called it “eye-opening,” “valuable,” and “impressive.” One clinician praised it on her university’s listserv, and another decided he wanted to serve minor-attracted clients. Psychologists and parents who didn’t attend but have dealt with the issue first-hand wrote to thank B4U-ACT for its work.
But over the past three weeks the symposium has been attacked by a small group of writers opposed to sexuality research and gay rights. One of them is Judith Reisman, who over the past three decades has become well-known for her wild, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations against the gay movement and the entire field of sexuality research. Her like-minded colleague Matthew Barber recently drew public criticism for blaming suicide among gay youth on the youth themselves. Both are now using distortions and fabrications to mischaracterize the purpose of B4U-ACT and its symposium. They hide the fact that most symposium attendees advocated compassion for minor-attracted people while rejecting adult-minor sexual interaction. Reisman and Barber’s misinformation is being propagated uncritically by writers and bloggers sympathetic to their ideology.
These writers violate basic humanitarian principles. They attempt to suppress information and impede rational discussion by diverting attention from the problem and inflaming fear. They encourage hating both the sin and the sinner. Worst of all, they advocate condemning, stigmatizing, and removing from society a segment of the population — including young teenagers — for feelings (not behavior) they did not choose. Their approach would drive people further into hiding, putting both them and children at risk.
Unfortunately, a popular mainstream commentator has endorsed a similar response. While acknowledging some merits of B4U-ACT’s work, in a recent article Keith Ablow repeated misinformation about B4U-ACT’s goals, explicitly rejected attempts at understanding, and advocated stigmatization. But stigmatizing people’s feelings doesn’t make them go away, and driving them “out of mainstream consciousness into the shadows,“ as Ablow advocates, only results in widespread ignorance and endangers children and youth.
We must resist fear-mongering calls to silence discussion and increase stigmatization. To combat suicide effectively, the best policy is clear: create an atmosphere where it is safe for those at risk — and those who care about them — to talk honestly about it.
*B4U-ACT, 2011
Richard Kramer is Director of Operations for B4U-ACT.

You see how the pro-pedophile movement is adopting the rhetoric and emotional appeals of the gay-rights movement: Sexual attraction to children is “something they did not choose,” and therefore stigma is “harmful and unjust.”

This implicit invocation of social justice and the explicit appeal to “humanitarian principles” are then connected to the non-judgmental “therapeutic morality” described by Lasch. B4U-Act’s critics are cast as villains — “a small group of ideologues” who “contribute to suicide risk and prevent people from getting help” — accused of encouraging hate. (See “Shame in a Shameless Culture” for an examination of how gay-rights activists blamed the suicide of Tyler Clementi on “homophobia.”)

Note the exceptionally clever diversion tactic: It is suggested that we should fear B4U-Act’s critics Matthew Barber, Judith Reisman and Keith Ablow, whose criticism “endangers children and youth.”

Because, hey, you know that a pedophile advocacy organization is against endangering children and youth.

What this demonstrates is how egalitarianism leads to moral relativism. If all “sexualities” are created equal, then old-fashioned moral ideals about chastity and fidelity are implicitly unjust, and even concepts of what is psychologically normal and healthy must be discarded, lest we imply that some “sexualities” are abnormal and unhealthy.

“How dare you stigmatize people that way?”

Half a century into the Sexual Revolution, we have already traveled a long way down this slippery slope of non-judgmentalism. Richard Kramer and B4U-Act are inviting us to take yet another step.



8 Responses to “Pro-Pedophile Group Piggybacks on ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’”

  1. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    The North American Marlon Brando Look-Alikes really loathe the other NAMBLA.

  2. Dave
    September 9th, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    So they’re bemoaning that pedophiles are more likely to kill themselves because pedophilia isn’t socially acceptable? Sounds like an argument for more stigmatization to me.

  3. Anonymous
    September 9th, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    Unfortunately the pedophiles pushing this don’t appear to be depressed at all. We can only hope that they are also extremely emotionally invested in SCOAMF and the democrats in general.

  4. Mike F.
    September 9th, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    Has anyone established a legal bag limit on these guys?

  5. Adjoran
    September 9th, 2011 @ 5:54 pm

    I am subject to uncontrollable urges to beat pedophiles into a bloody pulp.  I did not choose to be born this way – do not judge me!

  6. Smorgasbord at Haemet
    September 9th, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    […] reading from Stacy McCain: pro-paedophile group claims that stigmitisation of paedophilia leads to suicide, and that’s a bad thing.  (That raping children might cause the children to kill themselves […]

  7. midwest norwegian
    September 11th, 2011 @ 10:47 am

    These people should be rounded up and persecuted with all of the same vigor used against OBL. 

  8. Anonymous
    September 12th, 2011 @ 1:10 am

    Good.  Pedophilia is not curable.   Well, maybe they can cure themselves…