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Important Statement on Research on MAPs

Important Position Statements

Stories of Hope

New Support Group for Friends and Family of Minor-Attracted People

Proceedings from our August 2011 Symposium

B4U-ACT Surveys

MAPs' Experiences with Mental Health Care & Professional Literature
See Survey Results


Awareness in Youth, Suicidality, & Seeking Mental Health Care
See Survey Results


  B4U-ACT's Position on Important Issues
For MAPs in Urgent Need of Mental Health Services     Make a difference: Volunteer!

Before you act, know the facts and consider the consequences.

If you're a mental health professional:
You may be disturbed by the lack of mental health care accessible to people who are emotionally and sexually attracted to minors, or by the unavailability of accurate information about such clients and how to work with them. We help mental health professionals learn more about attraction to minors and to consider the effects of stereotyping, stigma, and fear. That way they can be informed before they work with clients who are attracted to minors, and before they talk about or make public statements about minor-attracted people.

If you're a minor-attracted person:
You may be looking for mental health services to deal with anxiety, depression, anger, or other factors either unrelated to your sexuality or resulting from society's stereotypes and reactions to your sexual feelings. Or you may be wondering how to live life fully and stay within the law. But you may feel you can't trust therapists because they don't understand you, they'll judge you, or they'll report your feelings to others. We work toward the day when minor-attracted people can find mental health professionals they can trust. That way those in need will be able to find help developing ways of coping with their situation or society's attitudes about them, and learn to consider the effects of their actions on themselves and others before they react.

B4U-ACT is a unique collaborative effort between minor-attracted people and mental health professionals to promote communication and understanding between the two groups. Our goal is unique and unprecedented: to make effective and compassionate mental health care available to individuals who self-identify as minor-attracted and who are seeking assistance in dealing with issues in their lives that are challenging to them. We want to give them hope for productive and fulfilling lives
, rather than waiting for a crisis to occur.













Updated August 3, 2013
PERSONS WANTED FOR RESEARCH

Men and women, age 18 and older, who have strong, recurrent sexual attraction to young persons, age 14 and younger. Participation involves an anonymous online survey that will take no more than thirty minutes to complete. IP addresses will NOT be collected, and there are NO questions about unadjudicated illegal behavior.

Click here for more information and to participate.


Principal Investigator: J. Michael Bailey, Department of Psychology, Northwestern University IRB # STU00076129
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What are our
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"Until you have experienced it yourself, you cannot possibly understand how powerful and healing it is to be in a room full of people who are filled with empathy and compassion and understanding."
—"Daneel"

"There's no way that anyone can understand what MAPs are all about unless you attend one of these workshops."
—Joseph B. Hicks, LPCMH, CCMHC

"Frank and courageous discussion
about a reality that challenges clinical counter transference."
—Anthony Swetz, PhD

"I was astounded by the willingness of the participating clinicians to enter into discussions not as professionals, but as human beings."
—Paul Christiano