B4U-ACT, according to its Web site, has been around since 2003. And I’ve got news for you. A group named NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association) has been campaigning for changes in the law since 1978 – and has been met with hostility from the gay rights movement. NAMBLA has gotten no traction and is considered a fringe group. Further, this B4-U Act group was reported on two years ago.
The REAL issue here is the thinking of of medical experts, including the highly respected Dr. Fred Berlin, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and the founder of the Sexual Disorders Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is so highly thought of that he was chosen as a consultant to the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Commission on Sexual Abuse.
Being a physician, Dr. Berlin looks at the issue from a medical, scientific, treatment, and prevention perspective. His appearance at a B4-U Act conference led to an explanation from Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Berlin is unequivocally opposed to any sexual actions between adults and children. In no way does he advocate pedophilia, but rather he believes in getting appropriate help for people attracted to minors in order to prevent them from acting on their impulses. He argues that a distinction should and must be made between individuals with pedophilia who act on their attractions and those who are attracted to minors but refrain from acting on their predilections.
Dr. Berlin believes much of the information reported about the conference has been significantly distorted. Statements made by others in attendance should not be construed as representing the views of Dr. Berlin or Johns Hopkins. He was very clear in his remarks to all who were in attendance how important it is to make every possible effort to prevent the sexual abuse of children.
Pedophilia is now and should remain a pathology and a crime. I suppose you can be distracted by B4U-Act. But if you want to protect your children, know the facts about how children are preyed upon.
Who are the victims?
How can children be protected?
Who are the offenders? According to experts, 75 percent of children are molested by people known to them.
Child molestation thrives in the shadows, in homes, in schools, in churches, and within families. Look out for your kids. Campaign for stricter laws in your states. And see this group for what it is – a blip on the radar screen.