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Pedophilia is just another “sexual orientation”

“But who so shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” -Matthew 18:6

In her post of a year ago, LTG warned us that there is an insidious movement to “normalize” pedophilia — the sexual predation and abuse of our children. Click here to read her post.

Fred S. Berlin, M.D. & Ph.D.

To “normalize” this sick and criminal behavior means to portray pedophilia as neither pathological nor criminal, but a perfectly acceptable and normal behavior that society has unjustly stigmatized and demonized. The movement is spearheaded by pedophile groups such as B4U-ACT, and lent a gloss of “scientific” credibility by certain academics such as Dr. Fred S. Berlin, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University.

This sick and very dangerous movement is now accelerating, as evidenced by the article below by Cord Jefferson on Gawker, which is categorized under “Science”. Published on Sep 7, 2012 10:30 AM, the Gawker article has received 139,935 thumbs-up “likes” on Gawker, and 206,386 “Likes” on Facebook. Founded in 2003, Gawker is a blog based in New York City that bills itself as “the source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip” and focuses on celebrities and the media industry. It publishes 50 to 70 posts a day.

Though long, I believe you should read the article in its entirety for yourself (except the first 3 paragraphs — a pornographic account of a pedophile — which I’ve deleted). Make sure you read to the end for my commentary on the article. Here’s a photo of Cord Jefferson, who describes himself as a “Progressive”.

~Eowyn

Photo from https://www.good.is/community/Cord%20Jefferson

Born This Way: Sympathy and Science for Those Who Want to Have Sex with Children

By Cord Jefferson, Editor
Gawker, Sept. 7, 2012

[…] When Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested last year and charged with 52 counts of molesting young boys, America’s universal hatred for pedophiles was once again put on prominent display. A society is defined by what it despises as much as what it loves, and though the United States has a history of a great many scorned communities, none is as broadly reviled as men who have sex with children. When Sandusky was finally convicted earlier this year, Twitter exploded with people wishing for him to be raped or killed while incarcerated, both of which are good possibilities in our country’s prison system. Outside of jail, it’s not uncommon for average citizens to harass and assault pedophiles, crimes which courts have been known to ignore.

Then there’s the problem of finding homes for pedophiles who are arrested and eventually put back into communities. In Florida, where Miami-Dade County has grown increasingly restrictive about where people who commit sexual crimes can live, the department of corrections once housed a small group of pedophiles under a bridge, like real-life trolls. Elsewhere in America, with neighborhoods both informed and alarmed by a growing number of sex-offender tracking sites, it’s now become easier than ever to harass and intimidate a pedophile in your neighborhood until he moves away. But to where? Nobody seems to care as long as it’s not near them.

In an ABC News article from 2003, a corrections officer from Los Angeles told reporter Michael S. James that imprisoned pedophiles “usually don’t make it” without protective custody. Leslie Walker, a prisoner’s rights activist, told James, “[Child sex offenders] are at risk of being murdered, having their food taken, having their cells defecated and urinated in. Their life is truly a living hell.” Good, most people will say. But there is a growing number of researchers, many of them out of Canada, whose work suggests that pedophilia is an illness deserving of the public’s sympathy the way any brain disorder is. Some of the scientists say pedophilia is a sexual orientation, meaning that it’s unchangeable, regardless of how much jail time or beatings or therapy someone is dealt. Others have reason to believe that pedophiles are born that way, and that some of them will suffer through entire lives without hurting a single child. If this research proves to be correct, it should help shape both our public policy and our public attitude, so that we’re protecting kids while also protecting pedophiles from angry mobs, cellmates, and themselves.

***On Valentine’s Day of last year, Dr. Vernon Quinsey, then of Queen’s University, and Dr. Hubert Van Gijseghem (pronounced HI-sheh-hem), who was retired from the University of Montreal, testified before the Canadian Parliament’s “Committee on Justice and Human Rights.” The topic of the day was mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of sexual offenses against children. For about two hours, Quinsey and Van Gijseghem discussed what they believed would be the appropriate course of action when it came to imprisoning people caught with child pornography, or attempting to have sex with a minor. Though the topic of conversation was particularly controversial, the meeting was pleasant and kind in that stereotypically Canadian way. But amid all the niceties about policy, this, from Dr. Van Gijseghem, stood out:

[I]t is a fact that real pedophiles account for only 20 percent of sexual abusers. If we know that pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offence from time to time but rather are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality, and if we agree on the fact that true pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation, everyone knows that there is no such thing as real therapy. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation.

What Van Gijseghem meant by “real pedophiles” is the definition most of the scientists I spoke to use and the definition we’ll use throughout this article. That is, people—the overwhelming majority of whom are men—who have an unwavering sexual attraction to prepubescent children. When you start to read a lot about pedophilia, you realize that the dialogue gets muddied because so many laymen use the term “pedophile” to mean anyone who sexualizes a child. But a 21-year-old who has intercourse with a 16-year-old, while not a good decision maker, is probably not a pedophile. Nor is someone who, say, exposes himself to a 5-year-old boy necessarily a pedophile. They may have committed a pedophilic act, but unless they have a clear preference for undeveloped children the way heterosexual men have for women, they are not pedophiles.

Some pedophiles will suffer through entire lives without hurting a single child.

Van Gijseghem and Quinsey’s point on that afternoon in February was also one of semantics. When I call Van Gijseghem in the middle of August, he tells me that he got a lot of hate mail from people who thought him using the term “sexual orientation” meant he was equating raping children with consensual sex between adults. “They said, ‘You bastard! You are treating pedophilia like a normal human function,'” says Van Gijseghem. “I can understand these criticisms, but I’m not using the term sexual orientation to mean that at all.”

Van Gjiseghem says what he and his colleagues mean by sexual orientation is a person’s inborn and unalterable sexual preference, irrespective of whether that preference is harmful to others or not. Currently, there is no significant longitudinal evidence that pedophiles can be made to not be attracted to children, and thus it can be defined as their orientation. And if pedophilia is a sexual orientation, that also means it’s futile to send pedophiles to prison in an effort to alter their attractions. Doing so is akin to sending a homosexual child off to a religious-based institution that claims it can “pray the gay away.”

“You are telling me that even if we were to impose a five-year minimum on people it would not solve the problem,” asked a concerned Marc Lemay, an MP from Quebec, during the February testimony. “Yes, the risk is high,” said Van Gijseghem. Lemay would later say, “What you are telling us today, with all due respect, is frightening.”

Something that might help mitigate Lemay’s fright is that viewing pedophilia as a sexual orientation might help us rationally deal with it. In his January 2012 paper “Is Pedophilia a Sexual Orientation?” published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, forensic psychologist Michael Seto writes, “Viewing pedophilia as a sexual orientation would suggest that treatment is more likely to be effective if it focuses on self-regulation skills (in order to effectively manage pedophilic urges, thoughts, etc.) than on trying to change sexual preferences.”

In other words, if you can’t beat pedophiles, it’s best to try and help them help themselves.

***Imagine a world in which admitting your attraction to busty women or tall men led to alienation, jail time, or your murder. Older gay men can probably remember such an era, but nowadays most sexual appetites have been mainstreamed to the point of banality. Pedophiles, for obvious reasons, don’t enjoy the same kind of tolerance, and thus it seems as if they may be locked forever in a sexual prison from the moment they’re born.

Dr. James Cantor is the Head of Research in the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada’s largest mental health and teaching hospital. He’s also an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto’s school of medicine. He’s been working on better understanding pedophiles for about 12 years now using a variety of methods. In the Kurt Freund Phallometric Lab, Cantor and his colleagues can attach an instrument to sex offenders’ penises in order to gauge their responses to a variety of sexually charged images. The Freund lab, Cantor tells me during a phone call last week, is one of the few in the world that can measure increases in penis volume rather than just increases in circumference.

Cantor’s work also focuses on running sex offenders through what he calls “a battery of neuropsychological exams,” and brain scans on top of that, thus providing one of science’s most well-rounded looks at how a pedophile is made. That there are a lot of unanswered questions in Cantor’s field of research can’t be overstated, but his initial findings are noteworthy.

Cantor says his first indication that there was something different about pedophiles’ brains was that, compared to teleiophile offenders (sex offenders who victimized adults), pedophiles’ IQs were about 10 points lower on average. He also found that the age of a pedophile’s victim was directly proportional to the pedophile’s IQ—the younger the children, the lower the attacker’s intelligence. “That was our first clue that the brain was somehow involved,” says Cantor, adding that pedophiles also performed relatively poorly on memory tests.

Other patterns soon emerged: Pedophiles tended to be shorter than teleiophiles, which Cantor says told him “whatever’s going on, it’s not just the brain; it seems to be that the whole body isn’t formed quite correctly.” Pedophiles were more likely to have failed grades in school. They were also more likely to have sustained head injuries before the age of 13. All of this helped lead Cantor to the suspicion that not only did pedophilia have to do with brain growth, it had to do with very early brain growth. After several years of amassing a catalogue of intriguing research, in 2008, Cantor published a paper [PDF] about what he tells me was the last clue that made him almost certain pedophilia is a prenatal issue: non-right-handedness.

“Handedness is often a useful indirect way of looking at a population and getting an idea of whether the brain formed properly,” says Cantor. “Normally the left half of the brain develops more quickly and earlier than the other hemisphere of the brain, and that’s what makes most people right-handed. But if something happens during development in utero—poor nutrition, prenatal stress, that kind of thing—the brain stops developing, so the other side of the brain starts to compensate.”

In the general population, only about 8 to 12 percent of people are either not right-handed or ambidextrous. In Cantor’s pedophile studies, nearly one third of the men were non-right-handed.

“The only other groups that have rates of non-right-handedness that are that high are schizophrenics, people with bipolar disorder, people with autism,” says Cantor. “Other major behavioral disorders for which there is no longer any debate that there is some physiological contribution. The only thing that affects handedness is the brain structure.”

With that as his last finding, Cantor felt he had enough evidence to justify scanning pedophiles’ brains to see how they differed from average brains. Before he started performing the scans, he’d heard two dominating theories: The first was that pedophiles had an issue with their frontal lobes, the part of the brain where consciousness and self-control functioning is held. People with damaged frontal lobes tend to be more disinhibited and impulsive than the rest of us, which might lead a person to make terrible sexual decisions. But Cantor says he never agreed with that theory, because he never believed pedophilia was about suppressing urges. “If you ask any guy on the street how he controls his desire to have sex with children, he’ll look at you like you have three heads,” he says. “Most men don’t have that desire to control.”

The other school of thought said that pedophilia was the result of a problem with the temporal lobe, the section of the brain that controls our most basic survival motivators. Cantor calls them “the four Fs”: feeding, flight, fighting, and fornicating. He says that if he had been forced to choose between the two theories, he would have chosen this one “because sex is in this mix.” As it turned out, however, everyone was wrong.

“There was nothing significant in the frontal lobes or temporal lobes,” says Cantor. “It turned out the differences weren’t in the grey matter. The differences were in the white matter.”

“The white matter” is the shorthand term for groupings of myelinated axons and glial cells that transmit signals throughout the gray matter that composes the cerebrum. Think of the gray matter like the houses on a specific electricity grid and the white matter like the cabling connecting those houses to the grid.

There doesn’t seem to be a pedophilia center in the brain,” says Cantor. “Instead, there’s either not enough of this cabling, not the correct kind of cabling, or it’s wiring the wrong areas together, so instead of the brain evoking protective or parental instincts when these people see children, it’s instead evoking sexual instincts. There’s almost literally a crossed wiring.”

The good news, according to Cantor, is that it if they can figure out how the wiring gets crossed, they might be able to suggest ways pregnant mothers can help ensure their baby is unlikely to be born a pedophile. “It is quite possible that one or more components of the process are related to prenatal stresses like poor maternal nutrition, toxin exposure, ill health, or poor health care,” he says. “If so, then improving health and health care in general may reduce the numbers of people vulnerable to developing pedophilia, as well as other problems.”

***Every expert with whom I spoke wanted to get one thing straight: Being a pedophile is different from being a child molester. Sex-advice columnist Dan Savage, who occasionally fields letters from people fighting off pedophilic urges, calls these people “gold-star pedophiles.” In April of this year, for instance, he got this letter from a man who was attracted to children but claimed to have never acted on that desire (emphasis Savage’s):

You know when Dan says to someone with a weird (to others) fetish, or some kind of physical peculiarity, or whatever, that they should “hold on, there’s someone… plenty of someones… out there for you, give it time, put yourself out there,” and so on? That doesn’t apply to us. Not only should we not put ourselves out there… but I walk around every awful day of my life knowing that THERE IS NO ONE OUT THERE FOR ME.

There are among us men who live their whole lives wanting to have sex with children but never doing it. America might have more of these men if we eased our taboos on anyone even admitting an attraction to kids. Consider that in Germany there is Prevention Project Dunkelfeld, an organization that, like a suicide hotline, offers free counseling to anyone struggling with thoughts of molesting a child. “Dunkelfeld” translates to “dark field,” and PPD’s founders say their goal is to make sure pedophiles come out of the shadows and get the help they need before they offend. A sample PPD tagline is representative of the kind of sympathy with which it approaches the problem: “You are not guilty because of your sexual desire, but you are responsible for your sexual behavior. There is help.”

“You are not guilty because of your sexual desire, but you are responsible for your sexual behavior.”

Canada, too, has Circles of Support and Accountability, an association of volunteers who are advised by professionals on how to help convicted sex offenders reacclimate to society. While some COSA programs are beginning to pop up around the States, we have not nearly as many as our northern neighbors, who originally concocted the COSA model. Further hindering America’s progress are our “mandatory report” laws, some of which say that therapists are required to contact authorities if they have even a “reasonable suspicion” that a child is being mistreated somewhere. For example, California’s mandatory report policy says very openly that “no evidence or proof is required prior to making a report” [PDF], making it perfectly acceptable to call the cops on a person solely for talking about sexual fantasies regarding children. Naturally, to avoid this alarmist scrutiny, most pedophiles sit silently on their secret desires, which is at best unhealthy for them, and at worst dangerous for children.

If we can get pedophiles to begin acknowledging their dangerous desires, experts like Dawn Horwitz-Person, a psychotherapist in Chico, California, who specializes in treating sex offenders, believes we can help pedophiles “learn how to manage their desires the way alcoholics do.” Horwitz-Person focuses on a very 12-step-like manner of therapy and acceptance focusing not on changing pedophiles’ basic desires, but “changing how they think about things.” “I try to get them to develop empathy and to get them to recognize the risk factors in their life,” she says. “I try to get them to understand that when they feed their brains a lot of deviant sexual fantasies, it’s going to lead to them acting on those fantasies.” There is no panacea, says Horwitz-Person, there is only process.

For parents wondering what to do while society and politicians get their ducks in a row when it comes to pedophiles, Dr. Cantor says that one important way to keep children safe is by disabusing them of the notion that strangers are the primary concern when it comes to molestation. “By far, the most common perpetrators of sex offenses against children are people known to the kid,” he says. “Not talking to strangers is a good lesson for children, but then their guard is down to where the actual danger is.”

***The old adage is that the true mark of a society is how it treats the weakest in its ranks. Blacks, women, Latinos, gays and lesbians, and others are still in no way on wholly equal footing in America. But they’re also not nearly as lowly and cursed as men attracted to children. One imagines that if Jesus ever came to Earth, he’d embrace the poor, the blind, the lepers, and, yes, the pedophiles. As a self-professed “progressive,” when I think of the world I’d like to live in, I like to imagine that one day I’d be OK with a man like Terry moving next door to me and my children. I like to think that I could welcome him in for dinner, break bread with him, and offer him the same blessings he’s offered me time and again. And what hurts to admit, even knowing all I know now, is that I’m not positive I could do that.

The Gawker article’s author Cord Jefferson and the scientists he cited are at pains to make a distinction between disposition vs. behavior, between pedophiles (adults who are sexually attracted to children) and child molesters (those who sexually abuse children). They plead that we should regard sexual attraction to children as just another “sexual orientation” like heterosexuality and homosexuality. But experience tells us it’s just another a hip, skip, and jump to saying that:

  1. Pedophilia (sexual attraction to children) is perfectly normal — just as they say homosexuality is perfectly normal; and from there to
  2. Sexual acts with children are perfectly normal — just as they say sex between two men or between two women or soon, between a man and an animal, is perfectly normal.

~Eowyn

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Sandusky Guilty On 45 Of 48 Counts


Click here for the full story.
Go directly to Hell.
Do not pass GO.
Do not collect $200.
And it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if they dragged the hideous monster out behind the courthouse and just shot the bastard.

Practice


-Dave 

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Megan's Law: Sex Offenders in Our Midst

With the Sandusky trial uppermost in the news and  recent pro-pedophilia comments   to “Pedophilia -Time to Normalize?  orginally posted on FOTM last August,  the following  information is provided as a public service.  I suggest you bookmark the Family Watchdog website and share it as widely as possible.
Check out the Family Watchd0g website.  It provides a Searchable/Map to identify the location of registered sex offenders who may live in your neighborhood.  I live within a mile of elementary, middle school and high school.  I just did a search and found the mugshot and case details of one individual convicted of indecent exposure who lives next door to a Christian Teen Center about 3 blocks from the high school. 

offender counts

This list contains the actual number of offenders that are publicly viewable in the official state registries.
state number of offenders population in thousands offenders per million
ALABAMA 9843 4631 2125.5
ALASKA 2945 700 4207.1
ARIZONA 4800 5230 917.8
ARKANSAS 5831 2750 2120.4
CALIFORNIA 65884 34441 1913
COLORADO 131 4468 29.3
CONNECTICUT 5506 3317 1659.9
DELAWARE 3244 800 4055
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 914 529 1727.8
FLORIDA 57362 16279 3523.7
GEORGIA 63 8413 7.5
HAWAII 3339 1342 2488.1
IDAHO 3647 1480 2464.2
ILLINOIS 25736 12266 2098.2
INDIANA 11579 6215 1863.1
IOWA 5442 2941 1850.4
KANSAS 6489 2761 2350.2
KENTUCKY 481 4098 117.4
LOUISIANA 10905 4535 2404.6
MAINE 2921 1285 2273.2
MARYLAND 7953 5467 1454.7
MASSACHUSETTS 3497 6310 554.2
MICHIGAN 36835 9763 3772.9
MINNESOTA 256 5005 51.1
MISSISSIPPI 7072 2908 2431.9
MISSOURI 13784 5718 2410.6
MONTANA 2134 1006 2121.3
NEBRASKA 3848 1761 2185.1
NEVADA 3375 2070 1630.4
NEW HAMPSHIRE 2192 1281 1711.2
NEW JERSEY 34 8392 4.1
NEW MEXICO 2680 2016 1329.4
NEW YORK 19839 18250 1087.1
NORTH CAROLINA 18692 8227 2272
NORTH DAKOTA 456 677 673.6
OHIO 19580 11428 1713.3
OKLAHOMA 7181 3491 2057
OREGON 690 3613 191
PENNSYLVANIA 11866 12281 966.2
RHODE ISLAND 478 1012 472.3
SOUTH CAROLINA 11557 4033 2865.6
SOUTH DAKOTA 2966 810 3661.7
TENNESSEE 18482 5966 3097.9
TEXAS 68680 21487 3196.4
UTAH 7269 2411 3014.9
VERMONT 1419 638 2224.1
VIRGINIA 18646 7324 2545.9
WASHINGTON 6424 6258 1026.5
WEST VIRGINIA 3413 1849 1845.9
WISCONSIN 20708 5479 3779.5
WYOMING 1542 568 2714.8

 

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When Football Becomes Your God


The Daily Mail reports, Nov. 22, 2011, that the first alleged victim of abuse by former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was forced to leave his school because of bullying, it has been revealed.
The boy, referred to as “Victim 1” in the Grand Jury’s Indictment of Sandusky, was seen by then-Penn State graduate assistant, Mike McCreary, in the university’s locker room shower, “with his hands up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky.”
Students at Central Mountain High School in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, blame “Victim 1”, now a 17-year-old senior, for the sacking of idolized Penn State football coach Joe Paterno for failing to act on claims of sexual abuse.
Mike Gillum, a psychologist helping the first alleged victim’s family, told PennLive.com other victims feared they would be outed.
Here’s Central Mountain High School’s contact info:

CMHS’s website

School’s principal is Karen Probst

Address: 64 Keystone Central Drive

Mill Hall, PA 17751

Phone: (570) 893-4646

Fax: (570) 893-4640

~Eowyn

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Penn State Sex Scandal is a Tangle of Conflicts-of-Interest

The Penn State sex-abuse scandal is rapidly becoming a thicket of, at best, entangled conflicts of interest, or something even worse….

Robert Poole is the one with the hi-lited head.


Tim McNulty reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 17, 2011, that:

  • Robert Poole, the chairman of Jerry Sandusky‘s charity Second Mile, also had the construction contract to do the charity’s $11.5 million learning center project.
  • Penn State University, which was also the employer of Sandusky, sold the real estate property for the Second Mile‘s learning center project — for less than market value.
  • Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett‘s administration approved pouring $3 million in state money into the Second Mile project, which has since been put on hold. (Jon Schmitz)
  • Past and present board members of Second Mile (and their families) gave a total of $641,481 to Tom Corbett‘s political campaigns. Among the donors was Robert Poole, who gave $11,258. (Deadspin)
  • Robert Poole also contributed about $2,400 to the campaign of Magisterial District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who arraigned Jerry Sandusky and set the $100,000 unsecured bail, in spite of the Attorney General’s Office asking for a higher, cash bail and electronic monitoring. [Centredaily.com]
  • Leslie Dutchcot was a volunteer and donor for Sandusky‘s Second Mile.

UPDATE:

Fox News just published financial records showing Penn State, the employer of Jerry Sandusky, received a total of over $250,000 in food and lodging fees from Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile, as payment for five weeks of sleepover camps.
More on the Sandusky investigation and Second Mile from the NYT:
Meanwhile, investigators served numerous subpoenas on the Second Mile, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry. Not only did they want the names of children who had been through the program, they also demanded all of Sandusky’s travel and expense records.
Much of the older paperwork was stored at an off-site records facility. The travel and expense records, for instance, had been sent over several years earlier. But select members of the charity’s board of directors were alarmed to learn recently that when the records facility went to retrieve them, some of those records — from about 2000 to 2003 — were missing.
The attorney general’s office was notified of the missing files, people with knowledge of the case said. Subsequently, the foundation located apparently misfiled records from one of the years, but the rest seem to have disappeared.
~Eowyn

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