B4QR Issue 4 Out Now

The Autumn 2021 issue of the B4U-ACT Quarterly Review has just been released and is available here.


This issue includes short critical summaries of five studies published between February and July 2021, as well as of the recent book “A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity” by Allyn Walker. The featured scholar in the “Meet The Next Generation” section of this issue is Sarah Moss, from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. The full text is available to read for free on our site.


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MAPs Wanted for Study on Public Perception and Wellbeing

Minor-attracted people are being invited to participate in research from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand studying public and individual perceptions of MAPs, and their effects on MAPs’ wellbeing.
If you identify as someone who is sexually attracted to minors (i.e people under the age of 16), you are fluent in English, and you are aged 18 or over, you are eligible to participate using the link below:
The following message was provided by the researcher:

“I am part of a research team at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, that is conducting a study looking at public perceptions and self-stigma among individuals with a sexual attraction to children and the impact these perceptions have on wellbeing. Data for this study is being collected through an online survey conducted via SoSci which is a secure online survey platform that uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption to protect the identity of survey participants.

We invite individuals who identify as having a sexual attraction to minors to participate in the study. Your assistance with the study would be greatly appreciated, and will help us better understand the needs of people who live with minor attraction. We will not know who you are, and will not be able to find out who you are. Any information you provide in the survey will be completely anonymous and untraceable. The platform we are using for this survey will not be collecting your IP address or any identifiable medical or personal information about you. 

Please select the link below to read more information about the study, and if you consent to participation, to complete the survey. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. We would also appreciate if you are able to share this survey with other individuals who might be interested in participating in this study.”


The project has received ethical approval from the University of Canterbury Human Ethics Committee. 

HEC reference number: 2020/139

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Family and Friends of MAPs Wanted for Survey

B4U-ACT is supporting a new study from Åbo Akademi University which investigates the thoughts and feelings of close affiliates (family members or close friends) of people who are sexually attracted to children.
People who fit this description are invited to participate by taking the following 10-20 minute survey:
The following message was provided by the researchers:

Participants needed for a survey on the thoughts and feelings of affiliates (family members or close friends) of minor-attracted people

 At the moment, very little is known about family members or close friends of people who are sexually attracted to children. With the present survey, we want to find out more about this group and their unique experiences. It will take between 10 to 20 minutes to complete the survey. You are eligible to participate if you are 18 years or older and a family member or close friend of a minor-attracted person. If you are attracted to children, please consider sending this link to your friends or family members who know that you are minor-attracted. Participation is anonymous. Please follow this link to start the survey: https://www.soscisurvey.de/test266102/


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MAPs Wanted for Study on Relationship to Erotic Materials

Update October 20, 2021: Data collection for this study has ended, and the link has been deactivated. Thank you to all who participated.


B4U-ACT is collaborating with researchers from the University of Surabaya to support research on how MAPs relate to online pornographic or erotic material featuring “lolicon” and/or “shotacon.”
People over 18 years of age who identify as primarily attracted to persons below 18 years of age are invited to participate by completing this six-question survey.
The following additional information was provided by the researchers:

Participants needed for a completely anonymous survey, hosted with SoSci Survey and consisting of 6 open-ended questions. If you are over 18 years of age and find yourself preferentially attracted (emotionally / romantically / sexually) to people below 18, we need your help! There has been much media speculation about online pornographic / erotic hentai material featuring “lolicon” and “shotacon,” and how MAPs relate to such material. And yet, to our knowledge, no English-language research has asked MAPs to reflect, in their own words, on their relationship, thoughts, feelings, and experiences regarding such material. We hope to change that.  

 We want to make it clear that MAPs who know pornography featuring lolicon and shotacon exists but have never engaged with such material are eligible to participate. Whilst we are particularly interested in hearing from those with a pedophilic / paedophilic age of attraction, this survey is open to all MAPs. To find out how we ensure your safety and security, as well as other details of this project, please read our introduction by following the survey link below: https://www.soscisurvey.de/276391/

Ethics approval has been obtained by Teguh Wijaya Mulya, faculty of Psychology at the University of Surabaya, Indonesia. Ethics approval number: 167/KE/VI/2021

 If you have any questions or concerns specifically about this research, please contact Steven Dibben at dibbenscholarship@protonmail.com.


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B4QR Issue 3 Out Now

The Summer 2021 issue of the B4U-ACT Quarterly Review, has just been released and is available here.


This issue includes short critical summaries of seven studies published between February and June 2021. The featured scholar in the “Meet The Next Generation” section of this issue is Maria Sklavou, from the University of Sheffield. The full text is available to read for free on our site.


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A Therapist’s Perspective – Dr. James Cates

This article was originally published as part of our Spring 2021 Newsletter. Click here for the full issue.


The B4U-ACT Referral Service: A Therapist’s Perspective
James A. Cates, PhD., ABPP

The B4U-ACT referral service relies on counselors who have been vetted and approved to offer services to MAPs requesting help. But what skills are needed to become a mental health provider (MHP) for a MAP? No doubt there are as many answers as there are MHPs offering services. Two warning labels attach to this article. First, at b4uact.org, a tab labeled “For Therapists” has excellent information for MHP involvement with the organization, with much more specificity than I provide. Second, this list is based on my experience counseling sexual minorities (including MAPs), those who have sexually offended, and those who have been the victims of sexual offenses. With that in mind, consider the following essential criteria:

1. Comfort with one’s own sexuality. As we mature and life circumstances change, perceptions of our sexuality, sexual orientation, and intimacy evolve. A willingness to challenge and be challenged by these internal changes is essential for the MHP who intends to serve the minor-attracted population.

2. Discerning the difference between respecting and accepting the views of others. MAPs seeking care through B4U-ACT know that the organization strives to protect children. Still, there are differing views on how a child can be harmed. If a client respects the law, the goal of the MHP is not to change these views. In a broader context, MHPs meet with clients whose viewpoints are routinely set aside for the therapy hour. Differing views on religious beliefs or politics never become an issue. In contrast, boundaries with children becomes a focal point of treatment for a MAP. Therapists must respect differences of opinion, even when they do not accept the viewpoint of the client.

3. A corollary to this principle is the ability to stand among the trees and still see the forest. MAPs who feel safe with their MHP might report longings and desires demonstrated in overt behaviors. Whether these behaviors place a minor at risk can be open to interpretation. MAPs overcome tremendous fear to meet with a professional. The MHP who too readily reads abuse into any suspect behavior, rather than rationally considering context, intent, and the applicability of reporting laws, risks victimizing the client.

4. An understanding of the differences between MAPs and those who sexually offend. Not all persons who sexually offend are MAPs, and not all MAPs sexually offend. There are multiple reasons that a person can engage in a sexual offense, and not all sexual offenses target minors. MAPs identify as attracted to younger persons, of varying ages. Treatment interventions for those who sexually offend may be appropriate for MAPs who have engaged in illegal sexual behavior. For those who have not offended, however, there is no evidence that such treatment is beneficial. In addition, treatment for sexual offending is targeted specifically to reduce the risk of re-offense. It does not address the broader spectrum of minor attraction as a sexual orientation.

5. Capability to empathize with both victims of sexual abuse, and people who identify as MAPs. MHPs are aware of the frequency of sexual abuse against children. Because people identify as minor-attracted, it does not exempt them from the potential to have experienced unwanted, and even traumatic sexual acts perpetrated upon them in childhood. If so, they need support to explore the impact of abuse on their perceptions of sexuality and intimacy, every bit as much as persons with other orientations.

6. A willingness to educate both fellow professionals and the public about MAPs. Pervasive prejudices and stereotypes mean that mental health providers who offer treatment must also function as advocates. Erving Goffman has said, “Stigma is the process by which the reactions of others spoils normal identity.” Many MAPs, especially those whose orientation is a closely guarded secret, live in the shadows, fearful that they will be outed and despised by those with whom they interact. Only in demonstrating solidarity and support can we further affirm their worth.

The MHP whose skill set includes the ability to work with MAPs is much-needed. I do not fault those whose skills fall outside this population. (Over the years, I have found my limits. For example, there have been periods when I was determined to learn the art of play therapy, diving into books and workshops, only to find myself once again thoroughly enjoying playing with a child, with no clue what therapeutic benefit we were achieving.) Every MHP has areas of expertise. To those who work with MAPs, you have my respect, and my thanks.


B4U-ACT would like to thank Dr. Cates again for contributing this piece. For more information on this topic, see our guide “Psychotherapy for Minor-Attracted Persons” and our Principles and Perspectives of Practice.

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MAPs Wanted for Study on Experiences of Stigma

Update July 18, 2021: Data collection for this study has ended, and the link has been deactivated. Thank you to all who participated.


Minor-attracted people are being invited to participate in a study by Marta Zeloni, a masters student in the International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology (IMARC) program. The study is titled “Behind the stigma of paedophilia – The experiences of minor-attracted persons following public stigma due to their sexual attraction.”

A link to learn more and participate in the study is below.
The following description was provided by the researcher:

The University of Kent and Ghent University, Belgium, are currently conducting research through an anonymous online survey. The research aims to understand more about the views, feelings, emotions, mental health and experiences of people who are sexually attracted to children and who have faced social stigma due to their sexual attraction.

Please click here if you would like more information or to take part. If you have any questions or concerns specifically about this research, please contact Marta Zeloni.”


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MAPs Wanted for Study on Experiences, Pandemic Impact

B4U-ACT is collaborating with researchers at the University of Lincoln to support a study titled “Investigating the Experiences of People Who Have a Sexual Interest in Children.” Those who are 18 or older, have some level of sexual attraction towards children, and have never engaged in illegal sexual behavior involving a child, are encouraged to participate.

If you meet these requirements, a link to participate is below:
The following additional information was provided by the researchers:

Participants needed!! We are looking for any adults (18+) to take part in an online study for a forensic psychology thesis. We are interested in examining the experiences and sexual thoughts of people who have some level of sexual interest in, or attraction to, children but no desire to act upon this interest. There will be four questionnaires to complete, all of which involve answering some sensitive questions about child-related sexual thoughts and interests. This important research will help inform prevention and treatment strategies. The study will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be completely anonymous. You must be over 18 and not have ever committed a sexual offence towards a child to take part. The study has received ethical approval (PSY20211278). 

Study link: https://unioflincoln.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0jE0EJDc3FODxgq


Note: The survey includes hypothetical scenarios from a standardized scale called the “Child molestation scale scenario.” Some may find this scale offensive due to its stereotypical nature. The authors of the study did not create the scale, and they cannot modify it since it is standardized. However, they have agreed to let the research team at B4U-ACT give feedback on future drafts of publications based on this study. The B4U-ACT research team will assist the authors to make sure that no unfounded stereotypical/stigmatizing conclusions are drawn from the data.


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MAPs Wanted for Study on Sexual Identity Development

Minor-attracted people are being asked to participate in research from Nottingham Trent University aiming to develop a theory of sexual identity development in MAPs. Participation involves completing a one-on-one audio interview online.
Interested potential participants should contact Jasmin Stevenson by email at jasmin.stevenson2013@my.ntu.ac.uk.
A flier provided by the researcher with additional information, as well as the participant information sheet, are provided below.



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Call for Participation in Study on Engaging with Sexual Fantasies Involving Minors

Adults who have sexual thoughts or fantasies that involve minors are being asked to participate in a study being conducted by Siri Gillespie, a PhD candidate at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies, with consultation with B4U-ACT. If you meet the requirements, a link to participate is below:
Here is a flier provided by the researcher, with additional information. Click below to open the document in a new tab.


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