Consider Judith Levine's book "Harmful to Minors" (excerpt here on abcnew.com's website) that takes on the premise that protecting children from sex is only proving to put them at risk. This is a concept that many can agree with, to the extent that by avoiding talking with our children about this issue, we are leaving them vulnerable to navigate the path of adolescence into adulthood rather alone, without supportive, loving guidance.
However, like anything, you have to consider the full message. Despite many thought-provoking concepts that she shares in her book, there are also statements like this:
“Pedophiles are not generally violent, unless you are using the term ‘sexual violence against children’ in a moral, rather than a literal, way.”
You see what she is suggesting here: that pedophilia is not a "crime" but a "moral issue". Much like civil rights, equality, women's rights etc - she is implying that pedophilia is only considered "abuse" because we have labeled it as such.
A "study" years before this by Rind, Tromovitch and Bauserman suggested that pedophilia can be nurturing and healthy, and not abusive. That unless a child says "no" and tries to fight off the advances of an adult, it is "consentual."
All I can say is, get ready. There will be a time where there will be a "study" and they will most likely round up a bunch of "victims" (as we call them) of child sexual abuse that will say they were not abused, but benefited from the relationship. That it shouldn't be against the law, it is a "human right" for a child to willingly be in a sexual relationship with an adult. In fact, if you take a trip over to the NAMBLA website, you can find a "letter" sent to them from a 'victim' of child sexual abuse entitled" "Molested" - and Glad!", supposedly written by a 13 year old who was molested by his camp counselor.
We think it isn't coming, but they have and continue to find ways to rationalize and "study" the "benefits" of adult/child sexual relationships. They may reference some well-accepted studies on child sexuality and then twist it around and create politically-correct terms. Instead of calling all adult/child sexual activity as "abuse" they call it "intergenerational intimacy." (Bausserman, "Male Intergenerational Intimacy" The Journal of Homosexuality, 1990.) It takes the stigma away, doesn't it? More palatable.
Parental Alienation Syndrome, was coined by Richard A. Gardner in a study he conducted, using a very small sample that he directly observed. It has been extensively criticized for lacking scientific validity. Yet, has been used for decades now to defend a parent's right to custody/visitation when the other parent tries to estrange the child with false, negativity toward the other parent. It has proven disastrous for children and spouses when physical, emotional, and sexual abuse has been disclosed. A child's cry for help, even when evidence supports their claim and psychologists have evaluated the child, can easily be dismissed as the protective parent attempting to "alienate" the abusive spouse. It's being coined as "court ordered abuse" when these children are taken away from the very parent that is trying to protect them and in turn place them in the full custody of the abusive parent, with little to no chance for the protective parent to regain custody - not without hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent and years upon years.
If a concept as devastating as PAS can spread across the country without an ounce of scientific and unbiased research & analysis, what will we do when these supporters of "intergenerational intimacy" run their own "scientific" studies to support their claims that it is not abuse, but the "correct" way to nurture a child's own sexuality?
All I can say, once again, is: get ready. Like Einstein said, "the world is a dangerous place, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." You have a voice - use it.
For more about the Rind study and others supporting pedophilia check out the Leadership Council website: http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/rind/1.html.
Fox News Coverage on Push to Redefine Pedophilia: http://www.drjudithreisman.com/archives/2011/08/fox_news_contro.html