Sexual rights include the right to express one’s sexuality freely. An obvious limitation to this is the prohibition of harming others. It is a commonly held belief though, that everyone should be allowed to fantasise. How does this principle hold, when a person who does that, is a pedophile? In this paper I will study pedophilic desire from ethical and societal perspectives. I will utilize views form legislation, sex therapy and recent research from sociology and forensic psychiatry.
New European Union legislation is tightening its grip on any kind of child pornography, and the same trend can be seen in other parts of the world too. This includes also drawn pictures and other purely fictional material. I argue that the attempt to criminalize fantasies may be a setback against efforts to prevent mistreatment of children. Recent research conducted by Milton Diamond and his associates shows that use of (fictional) child pornography may act as an inhibitor of actual mistreatment of children. This finding is compatible with the permission giving method of the PLISSIT model, which is designed to release the client’s guilt and anxiety and thus to improve her ability to make informed decisions and maintain self-control.
As a conclusion I suggest a review of policy towards more reasonable and balanced legislation and jurisprudence that does not demonize pedophiles and draws the line between fantasies and harmful acts, not between right and wrong desire. This would be more effective strategy for harm prevention than the prevailing draconian path.
As a psychology and medicine student in the sixties and early seventies I realized that sexology was missing in the education and training curriculum for most health professionals. This concern encouraged me to ask my own department and the University of Gothenburg to modify the current curricula making sexology a compulsory subject in the academic training for physicians and psychologists in the first place.
The psychotherapy section of the WPATH Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender and Gender nonconforming People (SOC) is the most obvious component of the SOC that has to do with “heart”, the theme of this conference. Psychotherapy, to be good, requires empathy and imagination, connection and relatedness, and listening to story.
The LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX foundation coordinated an educational project ahead of the Euro 2012 Football Championship in Poland. This preventative and educational program
The medical sexology can be a significant domain for clinical Psychiatry. It is crucial to stress the importance of evaluating sexual life in the clinical global assessment of psychiatric patients/clients: Diagnoses, treatment and quality of their sexual life’s. It is stressed the sexological approach done by the psychiatrists or psychologists in the medical or surgical team in Liaison Psychiatry inside the general hospital.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent