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From 2013 on the website of JON


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Cash, Brian Martin; Self-identifications, sexual development and well-being in minor-attracted people: an exploratory study - A Thesis - August 2016
Faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University
Most research on sexual attraction to minor children and adolescents has viewed this phenomenon as a pathology, and has used clinical and forensic study populations. This study seeks to conceptualize minor attraction as a sexual orientation, and uses a sample of minor- attracted people recruited from the internet (N = 160). Participants' sexual identities, sexual attractions, disclosures, and well-being are investigated. 
Results indicate that minor-attracted people have varied experiences, but common themes that emerged in these areas are discussed. Regarding well-being, minor-attracted people in general had higher loneliness and lower self- esteem than the general public. But positive disclosure experiences and having some level of attraction towards adults were related to lower loneliness, and more accepting attitudes towards sex between adults and children were found to be related to higher self-esteem. In general, findings supported the conceptualization of minor attraction as a sexual orientation.


The narrative that may be told ... 
... in the self-helpgroups JON* en JORis** West
JORis / JON 2016
Since 1981 have I been the chair of self-help groups for people with pedophilic feelings. By doing so, 35 years long, I have developed a methodology, which I now try to put into words. 
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Padding, R.; Pedophilia and Conflict - Research on the conflicted relation between the presence of pedophiles and Dutch society. 
Radboud University Nijmegen - 2015
This research is centered on pedophiles and their place in Dutch society and based on the question: To what extent is there a conflict due to the presence of pedophiles in Dutch society? Data was gathered and analyzed through a qualitative content analysis of newspaper articles and semi-structured interviews with pedophiles. In this research pedophiles are defined as people with a sexual age orientation directed towards children younger than sixteen years old. A sexual orientation does not only revolve around sexual feelings, but romantic feelings as well.

Two main results were found.
First, newspapers present a generalized image of pedophiles as people who have engaged or are likely to engage in a form of pedosexuality. This overgeneralization leads to the formation of a stigmatized stereotype, that of a criminal sexual child abuser.
Second, the respondents experience that stigma in their daily life, since they do not feel accepted by society. Instead they experience structural conflict to some extent in the form of unequal life chances. The fact that they are unable to speak out about their sexual identity can lead to difficulties in the social life, in asking for protection and professional help, and in living without fear of discovery. The latter is a form of latent violence.

  • From the Results: "The organization that is valued the most amongst the respondents, is the self-help group JON, part of the NVSH." 
  • From the Discussion: "It would be a great asset to find out possibilities to strengthen and protect associations such as the NVSH and its self-help group. 
Gieles, Frans .E. J.,  PhD, The Netherlands, has written A Short Comment on "Houtepen, Jenny A.B.M.; Sijtsema, Jelle J. and Bogaerts, Stefan; 
Being Sexually Attracted to Minors
Sexual Development, Coping With Forbidden Feelings, and Relieving Sexual Arousal in Self-Identified Pedophiles: 

Sympathetic research in the wrong frame - A Short Comment; 2016"
A renewing view on people with pedophile feelings who massively are willing and able to control themselves … is seen through the spectacles or within the frame of the more familiar ‘good old’ offender-model, just the people that could not control themselves.

Quotes from: 
Houtepen, Jenny A.B.M.; Sijtsema, Jelle J. and Bogaerts, Stefan; 
Being Sexually Attracted to Minors
Sexual Development, Coping With Forbidden Feelings, and Relieving Sexual Arousal in Self-Identified Pedophiles

- Department of Developmental Psychology, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands

- Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy; 22 June 2015

- Comment: JON

- PDF File 

This article aims to provide more insight into pedophilic attraction and risk and protective factors for offending in non-clinical pedophiles. 
Fifteen participants were interviewed about sexuality, coping, and sexual self-regulation. Many participants struggled with acknowledging pedophilic interest in early puberty and experienced psychological difficulties as a result. Furthermore, many committed sex offenses during adolescence when they were still discovering their feelings. 
Early recognition of risk factors and early start of interventions seem vital in preventing offending. Moreover, results suggest that risk for offending can be diminished by creating more openness about pedophilia and by providing
pedophiles with social support and control.


Gieles, F E J 
The tail end of a long dachshund 
A long-standing ethics discussion 
February 2012
In May 2011, the Martijn Association decided to set up an Ethics Commission. Ethics is concerned with the question of what is good and what is bad; with values, norms and guidelines. [...]
In this article,  I aim to place these guidelines in a broader context, namely that of the debate which has taken place in the Netherlands – and far beyond its borders – since the 1990s. The commission does not come up with any revolutionary, new advice, but follows up on a long-standing discussion, like the tail end of a long dachshund. 
It shows that, as long as people with paedophilic feelings are allowed to enter into serious discussion, far from ending up in ‘raunchy suggestions’ the end result is an actual ethical code – and a fairly strict one at that. 

September 2013 

Stanley, Jessica L., Bartholomew Kim, & Oram Doug, 
Gay and Bisexual Men's Age-Discrepant Childhood Sexual Experiences 
The Journal of Sex Research 41-4

This study examined childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in gay and bisexual men. We compared

  • the conventional definition of CSA based on age difference with
  • a modified definition of CSA based on perception [CSA-P or CSE - Child Sexual Experience] to evaluate which definition best accounted for problems in adjustment.

In conclusion, the standard convention of defining age-based childhood sexual abuse as uniformly negative, harmful, and coercive may not accurately represent gay and bisexual men's sexual experiences.
Combining perception-based CSA experience with noncoercive, nonnegative, nonabusive experiences, as the age-based definition does, presents a misleading picture of childhood sexual abuse.
An age-based CSA definition inflates prevalence rates of childhood sexual abuse and inaccurately suggests that the maladjustment associated with perception-based CSA [CSA-P or CSE] experiences applies to all childhood age-discrepant sexual encounters.

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