People can classify themselves as heterosexual, homosexual, asexual,
metrosexual. There are endless sexual orientations under the sun, and
now, pedophilia can be added to the list.
In the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V),
the American Psychological Association (APA) drew a very distinct line
between pedophilia and pedophilic disorder. 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.
APA’s decision has given rise to numerous pedophilia-advocacy groups, the chief of them being B4U-ACT,
a non-profit grassroots organization based in Maryland. Created in 2003
primarily as a means for “minor-attracted persons” to be open about
their sexual preferences in a supportive atmosphere, B4U-ACT is now
widening the scope of their organization.
According to spokesperson and registered sex offender Paul
Christiano, the pedophilia-advocacy group is “working towards
de-stigmatizing the mental health community.” Christiano explained that
negative societal attitudes towards minor-attracted persons “trickle
down to policy-making and the mental health community.”