Skip to comments.B4U-Act’s Rogue’s Gallery (Why don't you have a seat right over there?)
Posted on 08/22/2011 10:20:42 AM PDT by Kaslin
The news that a small group of mental health professionals held a conference with an organization intent on normalizing pedophilia surprised many people who are unfamiliar with the activist pedophile community. What will be more shocking to readers is the long history of pro-pedophilia activism that some of these mental health professionals have been involved in previously, and more shocking still is the sordid history of the organization that arranged this conference.
B4U-ACT is an advocacy organization for minor attracted adults who they claim are being discriminated against by society. On their site they claim to want to help child molesters get the therapeutic help they need to not act on their impulses, but this is a lie they use to keep their 501(c)(3) status and remain eligible for grant money they receive from the state of Maryland.
The truth of B4U-ACT is made plain by the online activities of those involved in the group. In May of 2009 a Richard K working on behalf of B4U-ACT posted the following on a now defunct child molester forum called Boylove.net:
For those of you who don’t know, B4U-ACT (www.b4uact.org) is a 501c3 non-profit organization started by Mike Melsheimer, an out BL [boy lover] who posts at Boychat. The goal of B4U-ACT is to promote communication between BLs/GLs and mental health professionals so they can learn about us and start to work with us to counteract stereotyping, stigmatization, and hatred.
We also want to help them develop *humane* and ethical ways of working with those BLs who want therapy to deal with society’s hatred, or other issues related or unrelated to being BLs. (B4U-ACT does *not* believe BLs are “sick” and need to be “cured”.)
I now work with B4U-ACT, and was part of the planning committee for this workshop that was held last Thursday. The following is a report of what was discussed at the workshop
That report can be found here and is disturbing as it details the sympathetic treatment the mental health professionals gave these child molesters. The Richard K posting to a forum that advocated raping children was none other than the supposed Dr. Richard Kramer who appeared in The Daily Callers piece about this most recent conference.
The late Mike Melsheimer who started B4U-Act was a convicted child molester, first caught in 1984 when he was the director of Pennsylvania YMCA. He befriended the two young sons of a Nicaraguan immigrant and began producing child pornography using the boys. In 2002 Melsheimer made the news in Maryland by publicly demanding the state provide him lists of comprehensive mental health services for his pedophilia. At the same time, he was a frequent poster on pro-child rape forums using his own name or sometimes the handle Lek where he spoke at length of the time he spent in Thailand. In one 2009 discussion on a forum called Boychat, Melsheimer is taken to task by other child molesters for B4U-ACTs claim they want to help stop minor attracted adults from offending. Melsheimers final answer is this:
The report was dated 2007. It is part of our history, but the passage that offends you is no longer relevant to our site today. I can’t change what is in our history and would be dishonest to try. It would be like BC editing their archives. Our site changed in December 2008 because of the statement you quoted.
Be assured you will find no current reference to prevention of offending. You can take that to the bank.
He goes on to say this:
My organization is not going to say to offend.
I am a BL without regret and will always be a BL without regret. My life as a bl has been terrific. No one could ever make me say otherwise. This is even considering that I spent time in prison.
Our line in the sand has historically defeated us. We need to think about a new one.
These comments were posted around the same time B4U-ACT had their first meeting with these mental health professionals. The BL above stands for boy lover which is how pedophiles that target boys refer to themselves. Ones who target girls refer to themselves online as girl lovers or GLs.
Melsheimer appeared nowhere in public without Dr. Fred Berlin, who as it turned out was Melsheimers therapist. Berlin continues to be affiliated with Melsheimers group and was featured at this most recent conference. The Daily Caller points out that in the 1990s Berlin was in trouble with the Maryland authorities because he refused to alert law enforcement when child molesters under his care were actively abusing children. He is also a well-known and vocal opponent of sex offender notification laws. What is less well known about Fred Berlin is that he was, for decades, the expert the Catholic Church relied on for advice on how to deal with pedophile priests.
In a 2008 deposition by Archbishop Emeritus Rembert G. Weakland we learn that Berlin counseled the Church to not defrock pedophile priests. He claimed it would be better to keep the priest around for the Church to monitor, something he claimed society at large wouldnt do. Odd, since thirty years later he is lobbying against monitoring sex offenders. In a 2006 Forbes article, Berlin said this about efforts to monitor sex offenders:
“We’ve basically dehumanized these people with words such as ‘predator,’” said psychiatrist Fred Berlin, founder of the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic in Baltimore.
“Every decent human being wants to protect children,” he said, but even suggesting that criminals who have done their time are entitled to rebuild their lives can tarnish a politician.
“It’s close to heresy,” Berlin said.
Heretical indeed. His two contradictory positions both lead to the same end — protecting the child molester from the consequences of his criminality. Berlin told Church authorities that throwing out pedophile priests would endanger the community at large because the pedophiles need monitoring — yet here he claims that pedophiles shouldnt be monitored and dont pose enough of a threat to society to merit keeping a database.
Its no wonder Berlin is B4U-ACTs favorite mental health professional since his ultimate goal seems to be using his position to decriminalize sexual abuse of children — a tactic he tried in court when he was called as a defense witness for 76-year-old Charles Friedlander. A fellow mental health professional, Friedlander was caught in a sting by Tampa area police who arranged a fake meeting with a man who was willing to let Friedlander beat and rape his 11-year-old son. Though he wrote at length about his desire to beat little boys and discussed raping the decoys child, Friedlander was diagnosed by Berlin as NOT being either a pedophile or sado-masochist. He therefore, according to Berlin, was just engaging in fantasy on the Internet and was never going to abuse a child. The court did not accept this defense.
Berlin, however, was not the only presenter at this conference. B4U-ACT also invited a graduate student from the London School of Economics and Political Science named Jacob Breslow to give a presentation titled Sexual Alignment: Critiquing Sexual Orientation, The Pedophile, and the DSM-V. Breslow, who blogs under the name Queerrupture, was extremely excited to present this paper because it fit in with his dissertation. Heres how Breslow describes his academic interests:
I want to complicate binary sexuality as well as the binary between adult and child in a way that examines the racist and heterosexist ideologies at play in the policing of youth and pedophiliac sexuality — doing so both from a state/society level (sex offender registries, sexual health education, the “crisis” of predatory sexual abuse, the racialization of childhood innocence etc.) and from homonationalist and racist discourses of sexuality within the current LGbT rights movement.
Through my research I challenge the normative construction of binary sexuality as a means of exposing mainstream LGBT activism to its own (seemingly) contradictory manifestations of oppression: racism, ageism, national exceptionalism, classism and homonormativity.
In other words, Breslow wants gays to accept raping children as part of queer identity and any who dont are racist, sexist homophobes. For a group that claims they want to help minor attracted adults get the help they need to deal with their feelings in a healthy way, this seems like an odd stance to support. But Breslows presentation does go well with John Z. Sadler, MDs presentation titled Decriminalizing Mental Disorder Concepts Pedophilia as an Example. In that presentation the ethics professor presents B4U-ACT supporters with their first baby steps toward normalizing child sexual abuse:
My basic prescription for the DSMs is that all DSM disorders should be PRIMARILY based upon nonmoral negative values: pain, suffering, disability, impairments, and incapacities of various kinds, consistent with the rest of medicine.
Categories such as Pedophilia are problematic because the diagnostic criteria describe little in the way of nonmoral negative values; once trangressive molestation of minors (in fantasy or action) is removed from Pedophilia diagnostic criteria, there is almost nothing left of the disorder phenomenology in the current diagnostic criteria. Such impoverishment of the Pedophilia phenomenology raises at least two questions: (1) Should Pedophilia be considered a mental disorder at all, if it is based primarily upon fantasied or actual criminal conduct? (2) If Pedophilia and related categories are to be preserved as legitimate, nonmorally value-laden disorders,then they require a preponderance of nonmorally-value-laden diagnostic descriptors in their diagnostic criteria.
There are people who claim the push to normalize the sexual exploitation of children is a hidden current underneath various liberal movements and attitudes, but thats not true. The push to normalize pedophilia has been open and visible for decades, but has been ignored by mainstream commenters who underestimated this fringe movements reach and organization. The B4U-ACT conference is a wakeup call that illustrates for us how far this movement has already come. Not only do child molesters publicly organize in forums, with their allies in academia and the mental health fields they have infiltrated our social, political, and academic institutions. For years groups like Perverted Justice and their online allies have warned of this danger and been called vigilantes by liberals, libertarians, and all those people who now pretend that that this is the first time theyve encountered pedophile advocacy.
This was not the first time this sort of advocacy has happened and it wont be the last. The question now is what do we do to counter this?
“B4U-ACT is an advocacy organization for minor attracted adults
One of these “poor misunderstood” men molested my step-daughter (before I knew the family) when she was 8 years old. He’s being released from prison this week. He’s been told that under no circumstances is he to contact the family.
I’m kind of hoping that he comes around actually. I have a new shotgun that needs breaking in.
Homosexual agenda, moral absolutes, and everything else ping.
Seems as though we’re reaching the bottom of the proverbial slippery slope.
These people are no better than NAMBLA and should all be shot. That is the cure.
And another thing...I’m disgusted by their use of the word “Love” when describing themselves. What they do has nothing to do with love.
Agreed. This is another instance where the language has been co-opted.
Let’s call it what it is: obsession, fixation, addiction...
All that anyone needs to know is this:
They can’t treated
They can’t be cured
They can’t be “redirected”
There are only two ways that children can be protected. Lock pedophiles up forever, or execute them. Anything else is a guarantee that more children will be destroyed. Anyone that advocates anything other than one of these two courses is guilty of a heinous crime.
The smart professionals that I’ve spoken with over the years say the same thing.
I’m ok with this being removed from the DSM. Take away their “mentally disordered” defense. Then, after conviction, turn them over to the victims’ families. Also give the families whatever tools they feel they might need in order to express their displeasure with the convicted child rapist who hurt their children... like branding irons or maybe a full-featured replica of the old Iron Maiden who, with proper care, could hold one of these obscenities in her embrace for a week or longer before he expired. Make such evil behavior so expensive to the perps that they’ll think SEVERAL TIMES before attempting it! Oh, yes, and ensure the widest possible dissemination of the videos of the various “therapy” sessions the families hold with the “minor-attracted” rapist of their children... AND, perhaps, the enablers of the rapists, these so-called “mental health professionals!”
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