The American Family Association and some conservative groups have been roundly criticized for saying that the American Psychiatric Association changed the definition of Pedophilia from a mental disorder to a ‘sexual orientation’ in the Association’s new edition of the DSM-V manual.
They should have fact-checked scream the liberals because it’s not true, or is it? In actuality, the APA is beginning to de-stigmatize Pedophillia but not quite in the way it first appeared.
The ‘liberal’ critics describe the conservatives as screaming banshees who don’t relay accurate information, information that was, by the way, actually printed in the DSM-V. The liberals didn’t criticize the DSM-V to the same degree for making the errors it made. All the anger was aimed at the conservatives for relaying what was printed. What they said about the APA is they ‘were forced’ to issue a statement.
Liberal groups said that if the conservatives checked with the APA, they would have discovered that there was an error in the DSM-V that will be corrected. However, there is indeed something sinister going on with the definition of Pedophillia which cannot be ignored and which will be explained in a moment.
According to the Washington Times, about a week ago, a blog called NeonTommy, produced at Annenberg Digital News at the University of Southern California, said the APA had drawn a “very distinct line” between pedophilia and pedophilic disorder in its new manual.
The DSM-5, definition stated that pedophilia “refers to a sexual orientation or profession of sexual preference devoid of consummation, whereas pedophilic disorder is defined as a compulsion and is used in reference to individuals who act on their sexuality,” NeonTommy wrote.
The APA said they do not use the term ‘sexual orientation’ and meant to use ‘sexual interest.’
They added, “APA stands firmly behind efforts to criminally prosecute those who sexually abuse and exploit children and adolescents. We also support continued efforts to develop treatments for those with pedophilic disorder with the goal of preventing future acts of abuse.”
“Pedophilia” was changed to “pedophilic disorder,” to conform to other disorders in chapter on paraphilias, the APA said. The “diagnostic criteria essentially remained the same as in DSM-IV-TR,” it added.
To be classified as having ‘pedophilia disorder,’ SM-5 requires that people “feel personal distress” about their atypical sexual interest or have a desire or behavior that harms another person or involves “unwilling” persons or “persons unable to give legal consent.”
So, they meant ‘sexual interest’ and not ‘sexual orientation.’ And they firmly stand behind efforts to prosecute those who exploit children. The disorder is defined as occurring when pedophiles ‘feel distressed’ about their atypical sexual interest’ or have a desire to act on it.
That glaringly omits those who have the atypical sexual interest who feel no stress about their condition and who do not act out their fantasies.
An article in left-wing HuffPo states the following:
In a move toward destigmatizing pedophilia, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in its updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), distinguishes between pedophiles who desire sex with children, and those who act on those desires.
The former group — those who want to have sex with children but whose desires are not distressing or harmful to themselves or others — is no longer classified as having a psychiatric condition in the updated DSM.
“The difference [from the last edition of the DSM] is, you’re not automatically saying that as soon as someone has a marked, unusual erotic interest that they have a mental disorder,” said Ray Blanchard, who co-wrote the chapter on sexual disorders in the new DSM.
There you have it. The APA is moving towards de-stigmatizing Pedophillia as long as the pedophile doesn’t feel stressed or act on the impulses.
Why are we destigmatizing any part of Pedophillia? I believe I know the reason. For years, pedophiles have demanded that the DSM-V remove Pedophillia as a mental disorder and this is the camel’s nose under the tent.
The fact is that anyone who has these ‘atypical’ desires is not ‘normal’ and de-stigmatizing any part of this condition sets a dangerous precedent. It doesn’t mean the person needs therapy if the person has it under control but it also doesn’t mean the desire to do so should be de-stigmatized either.
The two should not be equated. If I have the desire to kill someone but it doesn’t cause me any angst and I don’t act on it, should my crazy thoughts be de-stigmatized? Am I normal? Of course not.
Indeed, people who do not act on their pedophillia are to be commended but their desires are not ‘normal.’ Wanting to have sex with a child is not normal. They should keep their inner battle private and not feel they can now broadcast their perverted desires because it has been ‘de-stigmatized.’
Where do we go from here? What will be next? If the child consents, it’s okay?
Click this link to read the APA statement in response to the furor over the definition.