I received this news from an Missing Children's Advocate........PLEASE Help us speak out!
This is about a horrifying turn of events: a respected medical journal has published an article that basically says sex with a child has no lasting harmful effects on the child!!
The article: "A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples" published by the American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin, July 1998, Vol. 124, No. 1, 22-53
(don't think this is available on line that I know of)
We need people to send e-mail to the American Psychological Association calling for them to denounce the article they published.THIS IS IMPORTANT! The article could damage pending child sex abuse cases everywhere in the U.S.! Please help so children are NOT re-victimized!
This so-called "study" released in a paper published in the American Psychological Association Bulletin basically says that sex between an adult and a child is okay. Sounds like NAMBLA has a finger in this!
To quote: "Authors Bruce Rind, Phillip Tromovitch and Robert Bauserman urged psychologists not to assume that sex between nonrelated adults and minors is abusive, as children often deem the experience to be positive. ``In short,'' they wrote, ``the self-reported effects data do not support the assumption of wide-scale psychological harm from CSA (child sexual abuse).'' The authors want to dump the term ``child sexual abuse'' when children consent to sex with adults. Better, the three argue, to call such relations ``adult-adolescent sex.'' Or when the ``willing encounter with positive reactions'' involves a 9-year-old and an adult, call it ``simply adult-child sex, a value neutral term.'' Here's an article from Debra Saunders of the San Francisco Chronicle about it:
Here's info from Dr. Laura Schlessinger has placed on her web site. She has asked that people e-mail the APA and ask them to denounce this awful piece of crap that they should never have published in the first place. Also below is information on contacting Rep. Fred Dyson of Alaska who is leading the charge in bringing forth legislation to counter the damaging effects this study could have in the courts!!!!
Check out her Monlogues section for further info on the study.
Subject: Pedophilia: What You Can Do
Want to do something about the APA's study?
Write to the APA asking them to discredit this study so that it may never be used in a court of law or any where else.
American Psychological Association
750 First St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Also, if your browser permits, you can print or copy the below Resolution and send it to your Congressman or any elected official and request they consider doing the same for your city, state, or country.
You can also contact Representative Dyson and thank him for his efforts. His e-mail is listed below.
This resolution was submitted by Representative Fred Dyson of the Alaska State Legislature; e-mail: Representative_Fred_Dyson@Legis.state.ak.us
The resolution was officially recorded on April 7, 1999, in the Alaska State Legislature.
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 36
IN THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA
TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE - FIRST SESSION
By Representative Dyson
Relating to rejecting the conclusions in a recent article published by the American Psychological Association that suggests that sexual relationships between adults and children might be positive for children; and urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to similarly reject these conclusions.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
WHEREAS children are a precious gift and responsibility; and
WHEREAS the spiritual, physical, and mental well-being of children is our sacred duty; and
WHEREAS no segment of our society is more critical to the future of human survival and society than our children; and
WHEREAS it is the obligation of all public policymakers not only to support but also to defend the health and rights of parents, families, and children; and
WHEREAS information endangering to children is being made public and. in some instances, may be given unwarranted or unintended credibility through release under professional titles or through professional organizations; and
WHEREAS elected officials have a duty to inform and counter actions they consider damaging to children, parents, families, and society; and
WHEREAS Alaska has made sexual molestation of a child a felony and has declared parents who sexually molest their children to be unfit, and
WHEREAS the American Psychological Association has recently published a study that suggests that sexual relationships between adults and willing children are less harmful than believed and might even be positive for "willing" children;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature condemns and denounces all suggestions in the recently published study by the American Psychological Association that indicates sexual relationships between adults and willing children are less harmful than believed and might even be positive for "willing" children; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States Congress and the President of the United States to likewise reject and condemn, in the strongest honorable written and vocal terms possible, any suggestion that sexual relations between children and adults are anything but abusive, destructive, exploitive, reprehensible, and punishable by law; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages competent investigations to continue to research the effects of child sexual abuse using the best methodology so that the public and public policymakers may act upon accurate information.
COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Bill Clinton, President of the United States; the Honorable Al Gore, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and President of the U.S. Senate, the Honorable Trent Lott, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young. U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.
Here are three responses to the APA study. For those of you who don't have AOL,a and couldn't access the Dr. Laura web page and the link to the San Francisco Chronicle article, here's the proper URL: http://www.drlaura.com/ (the SF Chron article is linked on her pages under the Monologues).
Wednesday May 12, 10:01 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
SOURCE: Family Research Council
Coalition Calls on APA to Renounce Pedophilia Study in APA Journal
'For Our Children's Sake, the APA Must Stop Backpedaling
and Publicly Condemn The Pedophile Study,' FRC's Janet Parshall Says
WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire/ --
Can children actually consent to sex with adults?
According to a recent study published in the American Psychological
Association's premier publication, they can and with effects that might
actually be positive for ``willing'' children. On Wednesday, a coalition
of psychotherapists, talk radio show hosts, members of Congress, child
protection advocates, pedophilia victims, and public policy groups
gathered to call on the American Psychological Association (APA) to
renounce the study on pedophilia that suggests sexual relationships
between adults and children are less harmful than believed.
``Because the study was published in its most prestigious, professional
journal (The Bulletin), the APA has given unwarranted or unintended
credibility to this severely flawed study,'' Family Research Council's
National Advocate Janet Parshall said Wednesday. ``As an organization
representing and defending America's families, we believe it is necessary
to condemn and reject, in the strongest possible terms, any suggestion
that sexual relations between children and adults are anything but
abusive, destructive, exploitative, reprehensible, and punishable by law.''
Among the coalition joining Janet Parshall were radio talk show host Dr.
Laura Schlessinger (via satellite), Majority Whip Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX),
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL), and representatives of
national child protection groups such as ChildHelp USA and the National
Law Center for Children and Families.
In response to public outrage, the APA drafted a letter to the U.S. House
of Representatives, dated April 19, 1999, claiming their publication of
the study in no way ``constitutes an endorsement of its findings by the
Association,'' but they haven't criticized the study either. At the news
conference, Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) announced he would introduce a
congressional resolution condemning the study.
``This study gives pedophiles a green flag,'' Parshall said. Though the
APA warns against inferring ``endorsement,'' NAMBLA, The North American
Man-Boy Love Association, which advocates laws to permit sex between
adults and ``consenting'' children, hailed the study on its Web site,
until recently, as ``good news.'' They now reference the study under
the heading, ``Positive and Beneficial Experiences.'' Pedophiles,
including organizations such as NAMBLA, could use the study to deny that
``consensual'' sex with a child is ``child sex abuse.'' In addition,
one of the authors of the study, Robert Bauserman, Ph.D., has also
published in Paidika -- The Journal of Pedophilia, a periodical from
the Netherlands advocating the legalization of sex with ``willing'' children.
The groups also called on the American Psychiatric Association and
American Psychoanalytic Association, meeting in Washington, D.C. this week,
to repudiate the study.
SOURCE: Family Research Council
PA PEDOPHILIA STUDY HAS POTENTIAL TO DO HARM
> Editorial May 10, 1999
> St. Catharines Standard (Ontario)
> Pedophile John Roby has been convicted of 35 counts of sexually abusing
> children in what should be the last act in the tragedy which occurred at
> Maple Leaf Gardens. But his sentencing will not lessen
> the anguish his victims feel. The painful story began when Martin Kruze
> came forward to say he had been abused as a boy by Gordon Stuckless, one of
> three employees at the arena who were eventually accused of sexually
> abusing 90 children there over a 30-year period. The third man, George
> Hannah, died 16 years ago.
> In October, 1997, Stuckless was convicted of molesting 24 boys and
> sentenced to only two years. A few days later, Kruze, the first witness to
> come forward, committed suicide in despair. Last summer,
> the Ontario Court of Appeal increased Stuckless's sentence to five years.
> The witnesses who testified about their abuse at the hands of Roby still
> find discussing his actions very disturbing and difficult to talk about.
> The hurt, shame and anger still haunts them, years later.
> Crown attorney Jim Hughes thanked them for having the courage to come
> forward to testify. It should surprise no one that trying to cope with
> something as heinous as sexual molestation and abuse
> is extremely difficult if a child is doing it on his or her own; it is
> still very difficult with the aid of psychological or psychiatric help. The
> testimony of the men who were abused by Christian Brothers in Newfoundland
> and the men and women who were victims of sexual abuse in Canada's schools
> for Native children repeat the same anger, sorrow and anguish.
> That's why the public's alarm bells should start going off at the news of a
> recent study published in the Psychological Bulletin, the publication of
> the American Psychological Association (APA).
> The study, titled A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of
> Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples, suggests that child sexual abuse
> doesn't result in long-term psychological harm.
> Mental health workers ranging from Dr. Laura Schlessinger to Dr. Peter
> Nieman of the Canadian Paediatric Society are focussing their strongest
> criticism on the study, which they fear will be used to
> normalize pedophilia, and to change the legal system. Indeed, the study
> authors suggest that such judgmental terms as "abuse," "molestation" and
> "victims" when used to describe sex between adults and willing children
> should be replaced by more "VALUE-NEUTRAL" terms for what they term
> "INTERGENERATIONAL INTIMACY."
> But we must remember, children and young teens who are involved in sex acts
> with adults are too young to give consent, in the eyes of the law. Just as
> society doesn't permit sex between teachers and
> students, doctors and their patients, military officers and soldiers under
> their command, it also forbids sex between adults and powerless children.
> Major U.S. organizations which advocate pedophilia have thanked the APA for
> publishing the study. And in Toronto, gay activist Gerald Hannon, a former
> Ryerson journalism instructor, welcomes the
> news. "I guess you can't help but glow a little bit," he told one
> He thinks the study will offer relief to many who participate in sex with
> children but who have always felt like social outcasts.
> Hannon believes not all adult-child sexual encounters are abusive or
> harmful, although he draws the line at sex with infants. "I imagine it
> should be the case where you let the children define what sex is," he
> states. "If the child defines the limits for what they see as sex, it seems
> to automatically become a safer, more consensual thing."
> Under such a situation, the responsibility would then rest with the child
> -- a neat argument which would then make the pedophile the victim if a
> dispute over adult-child sex went to court. But we cannot allow adults who
> want to have sex with children to ever portray themselves as victims who
> have been misunderstood, or as normal people who have a right to express
> their sexuality.
> The pain that comes from pedophiles' selfish obsessions resides for years
> within their victims. And too many innocent children blame themselves for
> their abuse. We cannot relax society's strictures against having sex with
> children: There is no justification for allowing it.
> The APA deserves all the disgusted criticism it is getting.
Hill joins pedophilia-study critics
By Julia Duin
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A controversial academic study of pedophilia was roundly condemned
yesterday by several congressmen, who chastised the American Psychological
Association for publishing its findings.
House Majority Whip Tom DeLay and GOP Reps. Matt Salmon of Arizona,
Joseph R. Pitts of Pennsylvania and Dave Weldon of Florida yesterday
co-sponsored a resolution calling on President Clinton to join Congress in
condemning the report, which suggests that sex between adults and children
may not always be harmful.
"We as a society are not shocked by anything anymore," Mr. Salmon
said. "And now we have a so-called credible psychological organization in
this country that purports to say that maybe sex with children isn't so bad."
Published last July in the APA's Psychological Bulletin, "A
Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using
College Samples" was roasted by members of Congress and conservative
activists for suggesting lowering legal standards for sexual abuse of
"The lack of judgment shown by the American Psychological Association
in publishing it absolutely confounds me," said Mr. DeLay, Texas Republican.
"I will not equivocate on this issue. Sexual activity between an adult and a
child is criminal all the time and in all cases."
He challenged the APA to admit it erred in publishing the article,
"and do it publicly," he added, "so that subscribers to the North American
Man/Boy Love Association Web page and their defense attorneys won't quote
your journal in their closing arguments."
NAMBLA, a pedophile group, has touted the report as "good news" in a
press release and refers to it twice on its Web site. That has caused
headaches for the APA.
"NAMBLA is distorting the results of this study," APA spokeswoman Rhea
Farberman said. "The APA in no way supports NAMBLA's position."
The House resolution escalated the running battle between the APA and
conservative groups since the story broke in early March on Dom Giordano's
radio talk show on WWDB-FM in Philadelphia. It was picked up by nationally
syndicated talk-show host Laura Schlessinger.
"What really terrifies me," Miss Schlessinger said yesterday by
satellite feed from Los Angeles, "is the idea that the . . . study will now
be used to normalize pedophilia, to change the legal system and further
destroy the family. . . . It is the policy of the APA that scientific data
should be used to influence public policy."
The APA will not retract the article, Miss Farberman said, but does
not endorse it.
"There's nothing in this article that suggests pedophilia is not
harmful," she said. "The article tried to determine whether there are varying
degrees of harm, if the child's age, resiliency and family environment were
"I don't get it," Miss Schlessinger said. "If it's science, then why
aren't they endorsing it? And if it isn't science, why did they publish it?"
The APA released a statement yesterday from the authors of the study,
Bruce Rind, a psychology professor at Temple University; Philip Tromovitch, a
doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania; and Robert Bauserman, a
psychology professor at the University of Michigan.
"If adverse childhood events are found to be less psychologically
harmful than previously thought, or in some cases not measurably harmful at
all, researchers have an ethical duty to report this," they wrote.
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