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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.

News Update:
On May 1, 2014, IDEAS with Paul Kennedy, a radio documentary program broadcast nationwide by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, premiered Born This Way?, an hour-long query into the nature of pedophilia, featuring interviews with Paul Christiano, B4U-ACT's Administrative Assistant, James Cantor of Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Paul Federoff of Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre's Sexual Behaviors Clinic, and "Jesse White," a patient of Dr. Federoff's.   More updates...

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 May 18, 2014
SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR TWO NEW STUDIES

The Psychiatry Department of Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and B4U-ACT are collaborating on a study of MAPs in the general population that we hope will counteract stereotypes. The anonymous survey takes approximately one hour and asks questions about sexuality, experiences as an MAP, and emotional and psychological traits.

Click here to participate.


Researchers at Northwestern University, Department of Psychology, are conducting an anonymous survey of men attracted to persons below age 15. The purpose is further exploration of aspects of your sexuality and personality that have not been studied well previously, such as attraction to adults and more unusual sexual interests. The anonymous survey should take about 30-45 minutes.

Click here to participate.

What are our
workshops like?


"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