Yet another organization appears to be trying to make child sexual abuse more acceptable by renaming it. (If that link doesn’t connect – it seems to work intermittently – try this one for the same article at a different Web page.)
Prostasia Foundation, the “nonprofit” that promotes it, defines ageplay as “a form of role-play in which at least one of the participants adopts the role or mindset of someone younger—a teenager, child, or even a baby.”
San Francisco-based nonprofit Prostasia Foundation’s blog post titled “Online ageplay safety tips” says:
“Although it may be tempting to launch into an online ageplay scene while the energy is hot, it’s important to begin the scene by having the ‘underage’ partner confirm their real age.”
By “confirming their real age,” presumably, the Foundation means the foolproof method of clicking a button that says “I am 18.”
Fascinatingly, Prostasia markets itself as a sex-positive “child protection organization”.
Their PR people made an “Our Values” graphic to let law enforcement know they are all about preventing child sex abuse.
The Foundation hosts a “MAP Support Club (MSC),” a “safe, chat-based peer-support network for teenagers and adults who self-identify as being attracted to younger minors.”
There’s more at the link.
Every pedophile I’ve met – and I’ve met more than a few in the course of my work as a prison chaplain – could not be reformed. Every prison psychiatrist and psychologist to whom I spoke about that confirmed it. Pedophiles are basically set hard into the mold of their perversion, and most of them are quick to proclaim it a “sickness”. In other words, they are not responsible for their sexual preferences – they’re the victims of illness, and therefore should not be blamed or held accountable for their actions. They deny that their choice to engage in such crimes is in any way voluntary, in any way subject to their conscience or will or self-control. Even worse are organizations like this, that try to normalize pedophilia behind innocent-sounding buzzwords like “ageplay” or “minor-attracted persons”. Allow me to assure you, there’s nothing innocent about pedophilia, and there’s no possible justification for it.
I know a number of current and former law enforcement officers, prison psychologists, etc. whose blunt assessment of pedophiles is that they can’t and won’t stop offending in that way until they die. Some of the former have voiced, in my hearing, their personal distress and disgust at having had to deal with the aftermath of such crimes. They’ve expressed their personal willingness to bring about that final “healing”. I can’t blame them for such sentiments. I harbor distinctly un-chaplain-like feelings towards those guilty of this crime. I’ve described two encounters with them (in prison) in some detail in my prison chaplaincy memoir. The memories still make me feel unclean, as if contact with them somehow slimed me. Ugh!
The fewer pedophiles walking our streets, the safer our society and our children will be. That’s the bottom line.