2019 Accomplishments

During 2019, with the support of our generous donors, B4U-ACT has:

  1. Held a one-day workshop on “Compassionate and Informed Approaches for Supporting Minor-Attracted People,” highlighting three therapeutic models: Compassion-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and the Berlin Dissexuality Therapy (Dunkelfeld) Program. The workshop was attended by 45 therapists, researchers, graduate students, and MAPs.
  2. Held twelve teleconferences on therapy for MAPs, attended by therapists, researchers, graduate students, and MAPs.
  3. Collaborated with researchers on seven studies on the mental health of MAPs, by assisting them in the development of their research foci, interview protocols, and/or survey questions, and/or by recruiting subjects for their studies.
  4. Established an email group for researchers who study mental health issues of MAPs. The group currently consists of 36 members.
  5. Increased the number of therapists on our referral list, and continued to refer MAPs to them.
  6. Began work on a review of the Berlin Dissexuality Therapy program and a document on sexual health for MAPs.
  7. Continued its two online support groups: one for MAPs and one for friends and family members of MAPs

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Thanks to our Amazon Smile donors!

We wish to send a special “thank you” to our supporters who have donated to B4U-ACT through Amazon Smile. Over just the past three months they’ve purchased over $6000 worth of products at Amazon.com, and Amazon has sent 0.5% of the price of those purchases on to B4U-ACT. Although this may not seem like a lot, it adds up over time, and it shows consistent support for our efforts.

If you’d like to support B4U-ACT in this way, simply click here to select B4U-ACT as your charity, then bookmark the link so you can easily use it each time you order from Amazon. (Using regular Amazon.com will not result in donations to B4U-ACT.) B4U-ACT receives no identifying information or purchase details as a result of these contributions.

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MAPs Wanted for Study on Therapeutic Experiences

Seeking Individuals to Participate in a Study about the Therapeutic Experiences of Minor Attracted Persons

Nicole Jordan, a Master of Social Work student at the University of Southern Maine, is conducting a study to explore the therapeutic experiences of MAPs. The goal of this study is to contribute to improved therapeutic services for MAPs by understanding the opinions and experiences of individuals receiving therapy related to minor attraction.

In order to participate in research, you must meet the following requirements

  • – 18 years of age or older
  • – Self-identify as minor attracted
  • – Currently in therapy for reasons related to minor attraction OR have  participated in therapy for reasons related to minor attraction in the past
  • – Reside in the United States
  • – Speak/read English fluently

Participation is completely voluntary and will not impact your relationship with B4U-ACT. Participants will complete a 45-60 minute interview via Zoom, Jitsi, or phone about their experiences in therapy. Participants will be asked open-ended questions about topics such as their relationship with their therapist, if they felt their needs were being met in therapy, their therapist’s knowledge base of working with a MAP, if therapeutic services were centered around their own goals, and their overall impression of the therapeutic process. Participants will be welcome to skip any questions they do not feel comfortable answering.

No identifying information will be collected to promote participant anonymity. With any questions or if you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Nicole Jordan at nicole.jordan@maine.edu using an email that does not contain identifying information.

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MAPs Wanted for Study on Romantic Relationships with Adults

Principal Investigator: Jan Cioe, Ph.D., Psychology Department, University of British Columbia Okanagan, tel: (250) 807-8732, email: jan.cioe@ubc.ca

Co-Investigator: Hailee Lewis, Undergraduate Student, Psychology Department, UBC Okanagan, email: haileelewis@alumni.ubc.ca. Crystal Mundy, Clinical Ph.D. Student, Psychology Department, UBC Okanagan, email: crystalmundy@alumni.ubc.ca

Study Name: Romantic and Sexual Relationships with Adult Partners among Minor-Attracted Persons

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine the reasons minor-attracted persons choose to engage in romantic relationships and sex with adult romantic partners. A romantic relationship with an adult partner is considered to be a relationship between two individuals 18 years old or older which is or was not purely sexual in nature. Minor attraction can be defined as having a dominant sexual interest in children. We hope this study will provide greater understanding of minor attracted persons’ romantic relationships and guide supports for minor-attracted persons in or desiring a relationship with an adult partner.

Description: This study involves completing an online survey. Personal identification information (e.g., full name, address, IP address) will not be recorded. Provided answers will be completely anonymous. However, you can take additional efforts to safeguard your information. This may include utilizing incognito tabs, deleting your browser history, or downloading and using a virtual proxy network to further mask your IP address. You will be free to skip any questions you do not wish to answer without penalty.

This online questionnaire is administered by the UBC-hosted version of Qualtrics. This is fully compliant with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) because the survey data are kept secure. Further, the data are stored and backed up in Canada, and are subject to Canadian privacy laws. Data will be kept in password-protected computer files for a minimum of 5 years after publication, as required by the University. The only people who will be able to access these files are Dr. Cioe and his research associates. All associates have signed confidentiality forms. If you are to disclose information that indicates a child is currently at risk, or there is a future risk of abuse or neglect, please be advised that the researcher must, by law, report this information to the appropriate authorities which is why we advise you to refrain from providing identifying information about yourself. However, the researchers will protect the confidentiality of participants to the best of their ability.

Eligibility: You must be 18 years or older and identify as minor attracted. You must be relatively fluent in English. You must also have a desire to be in, have been in, or currently are in a romantic relationship with an adult partner (an individual 18-years or older).

Duration: 30 minutes

Study link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1zholmuiJDknaQJ

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MAPs Wanted for Study on Parenting Experiences or Interest

Principal Investigator: Jan Cioe, Ph.D., Psychology Department, University of British Columbia Okanagan, tel: (250) 807-8732, email: jan.cioe@ubc.ca

Co-Investigator: Crystal Mundy, Clinical Ph.D. Student, Psychology Department, University of British Columbia Okanagan, email: crystalmundy@alumni.ubc.ca

Study Name: Parenting Desires, Intentions, and Experiences Among Minor-Attracted Persons

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to identify how minority stress and stigma influence parenting intentions in the minor-attracted community. Minority stress is stress that is due to the stigma of being part of a minority. Minor attraction can be defined as having a dominant sexual interest in children. We hope to gain a better understanding of how stigma plays a role in parenting decisions. Further, this study seeks how support and services can be best used to assist minor-attracted people in regards to parenting.

Description: This study involves completing an online survey. Personal identification information (e.g., full name, address, IP address) will not be recorded. Provided answers will be completely anonymous. However, you can take additional efforts to safeguard your information. This may include utilizing incognito tabs, deleting your browser history, or downloading and using a virtual proxy network to further mask your IP address. You will be free to skip any questions you do not wish to answer without penalty.

This online questionnaire is administered by the UBC-hosted version of Qualtrics. This is fully compliant with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) because the survey data is kept secure. Further, the data is stored and backed up in Canada, and is subject to Canadian privacy laws. Data will be kept in password-protected computer files for a minimum of 5 years after publication, as required by the University. The only people who will be able to access these files are Dr. Cioe and his research associates. All associates have signed confidentiality forms. If you are to disclose information that indicates a child is currently at risk, or there is a future risk of abuse or neglect, please be advised that the researcher must, by law, report this information to the appropriate authorities. However, the researchers will protect the confidentiality of participants to the best of their ability.

Eligibility: You must be 18 years or older and identify as minor attracted. You must be relatively fluent in English and be able to read English at approximately the Grade 10 level.

Duration: 45 minutes

Draw: Following completion of the study, a hotlink will be provided. If you wish to enter a draw for a $50 Amazon Canada gift card, please send your name and email. If you choose to enter the draw, it is advised you to create a disposable email address which you can email the researchers from. We suggest that the disposable email does not include any potentially identifying information. The hotlink is not associated with your provided answers but will indicate that you have participated in the study. If you do not want there to be a record of participation, we advise that you do not participate in this draw. If you wish to withdraw from the study, you are still eligible to enter into the draw by skipping to the end of the survey to the hotlink. Alternatively, you can contact Crystal Mundy to obtain the hotlink.

Study link: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0jICcocPqKiSBiB

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MAPs Needed for Input on Educational Program for Therapists

B4U-ACT is collaborating with Canadian researchers who are developing an educational program for therapists who wish to work with MAPs. They are currently seeking input from MAPs about what should be included in such a program. If you are an MAP who meets the study requirements, consider participating. The study announcement is as follows:

We are looking for Minor Attracted Person (MAPs) with a sexual interest in minors under the age of 15 to take part in a study that will inform the development of a workshop aimed at increasing competency among mental health professionals to offer services to MAPs.

As a participant, you would be asked to complete an online, anonymous survey that asks about your opinions of what should be included in such a workshop and your previous experiences with mental health professionals.

You are eligible to participate if you are 18 years or older and if you identify as a MAP who is sexually interested in minors under the age of 15.

Your participation is voluntary and would take approximately 20 minutes to complete. By participating in this study, you will help inform the development of a workshop that would increase competency to offer mental health services to MAPs who may be interested in mental health services.

Interested in participating? Please visit https://www.soscisurvey.de/smusexresearchlab/

Investigators:

Kailey Roche, MSc. Candidate
Department of Psychology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

Dr.  Skye Stephens, Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

This study has been reviewed by the Saint Mary’s University Research Ethics Board (#19-093) and was developed in collaboration with B4U-ACT (www.b4uact.org)

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MAP Subjects Needed: Study on Belonging

The following study is being conducted by a Danish graduate student with whom B4U-ACT is collaborating. The study concerns a topic that is very relevant to the happiness and contentment of many if not most MAPs. MAPs who are interested in participating may click on the link given in the description below.

A Matter of Belonging

The purpose of this study is to collect data that provide knowledge about the lived experiences of belonging for minor-attracted persons (MAPs).

Due to prejudices and general stigma, many MAPs hide parts of their lives and do not share their thoughts and feelings related to their sexuality. The intention of this study is to create awareness on the subject of belonging, and how it influences MAPs’ well-being and self-acceptance.

I’m seeking participants who will share their thoughts and experiences of belonging. It could be the experience of belonging in a virtual world, offline, or maybe it’s your experiences of not belonging.

The study is divided into three sections to gain an understanding on how your put your life into words, and how you believe MAPs are viewed by society. This would help get a better understanding of how you choose to live as a MAP, and how you choose your relations to be.

If you would like to contribute to this research, simply fill out the online questionnaire here:

https://www.survey-xact.dk/LinkCollector?key=ZUKS6F11JP95

Please be assured that everything that you disclose in the questionnaire will be completely anonymous and will be handled with utmost respect and care.

If you have comments or questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at 201702674@post.au.dk.

Marie Ballentin

Master Thesis in Educational Sociology – Aarhus University, Denmark

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