Sunday, May 13, 2012
Meanwhile, Some Psychiatrists are set to re-brand Paedophilia.
A group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, going by the name B4U-Act says it's time to change the way society views paedophiles - people who have sexual attractions to children. To achieve this end, the organization is lobbying for changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, - the guideline of standards on mental health put together by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). That was exactly how homosexuality, which used to be listed in the DSM as a mental disorder got re-defined, some 40 years ago after intense lobby by gay advocates and activists (see CA! Vol 7 No 6 and also our previous article at http://nigeriaworld.com/articles/2006/feb/072.html) B4U-Act attempts to justify its call for a revised view of paedophilia on its website, arguing that: "Stigmatizing and stereotyping minor-attracted people inflames the fears of minor-attracted people, mental health professionals and the public, without contributing to an understanding of minor-attracted people or the issue of child sexual abuse," Critics warn of a slippery slope to a time when pedophilia is "just another lifestyle choice" that won't warrant criminal charges—and will leave young children at risk. "Absolutely," Dr. Judith Reisman, a visiting professor of law at Liberty School of Law said. "Oh, they're very clear about that. Their goal is to take all shame out of the lust for children." For now, the APA official position, last documented in 2003 is that: "An adult who engages in sexual activity with a child is performing a criminal and immoral act and this is never considered normal or socially acceptable behavior." Unfortunately, this position may not stand the test of time in the years to come seeing how so many NGOs are active on the field in the service of people bent on redefining human sexuality in these so-called emerging post-modern days. For instance in a recent development, a New York court has ruled that viewing child pornography on-line is no longer a crime in the United States (Yahoo, Slideshow, May 9, 2012) Read more: www.foxnews.com/health/2011/08/24/mental-health-group-looks-to-remove-stigma-from-pedophilia/#ixzz1uTf2cZlr