LTRP Note: This past week, Fox News released an article titled “Mental Health Group Looks to Remove Stigma from Pedophilia” [child sex abuse]. The article reports on a group of professionals who are making efforts to take the stigma out of pedophilia. While this group of people does not directly reflect the views of the APA, the American Psychological Association, we emphasize the word directly. What many readers may not know is that in 1998, the APA released a “research” report in their publication, Psychological Bulletin, which stated that sexual relations with children is not necessarily harmful to them. The report was nicknamed “The Rind Report.” Because of efforts by Dr. Laura Schlessinger and other child advocates, a bill was created and submitted to the House of Representatives, which in turn passed the bill and rejected and condemned The Rind Report. Dr. Schlessinger stated: “This study is the first step on the road to normalizing pedophilia – just as homosexuality has been mainstreamed to the point where tolerance is no longer sufficient: we have to “embrace” it.”
Now, thirteen years later, and now that homosexuality is so accepted that even many evangelical and Protestant mainstream groups have either embraced the homosexual lifestyle as being “normal” or at the least changed their views that it is sinful, we can see that efforts to normalize the sexual abuse of children is still underway. We find it tragically coincidental that on the same week we wrote our article about the alleged cover up of sexual abuse at Calvary Chapel, we learn of this mental health group hoping to change the public’s view on pedophilia.
In a 2002 WorldNetDaily article written by Dr. Schlessinger, she reiterates the efforts being made to normalize pedophilia. In that article, she states:
Pedophiles are, under the best of circumstances, extremely difficult to convict. Often members of revered professions in the community, accused pedophiles appear in court in three-piece suits, as well dressed and well spoken as the judges themselves, who can’t bring themselves to believe that such upstanding citizens could be guilty of such heinous crimes. The terrified, violated children are no match for them.
Thus, we salute those young men in the Calvary Chapel abuse case for being brave enough to come forth. And we pray other children and young people who have been abused as children will come forth as well. Remember, the power of sin lies in its secrecy.
If indeed child sex abuse (pedophilia) is “normalized” in our society, you can be sure that there will be no possible hope for any country that has given in to this atrocity. Throughout history, once a nation or society lowered itself to that level, that nation or society was no more. Those who have been abused know full and all too well that the sexual molestations committed against them did harm them; and thus those who have abused must be judged and kept from children.
As for Calvary Chapel, we pray that those who are truly guilty for any sexual crimes against children or for the cover ups of sexual crimes against children will humble themselves, come forth willingly, repent for either their abuse or the cover up of such, and in so doing receive forgiveness from God and contribute to the healing of the victims. Yes, those guilty who come forth may go to prison; but they can be set free from the guilt and reprobate direction they are going in and be made clean as snow because of Christ’s forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
God’s view of child abuse can be capsulated in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones” (Luke 17:2).
And now the Fox News article:
A group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals say it’s time to change the way society views individuals who have physical attractions to children.
The organization, which calls itself B4U-Act, is lobbying for changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, the guideline of standards on mental health that’s put together by the American Psychiatric Association.
The group says its mission is to help pedophiles before they create a crisis, and to do so by offering a less critical view of the disorder.
“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,” reads the organization’s website. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/08/24/mental-health-group-looks-to-remove-stigma-from-pedophilia/#ixzz1WKeE1gqQ