Below, you'll see a call for people who are attracted to children to take an anonymous survey being conducted by researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago. No identifying information will be collected (IP numbers will NOT be collected) and no questions will be asked about unadjudicated illegal behavior.
The researchers conducting this survey solicited B4U-ACT's help to provide perspectives and items for the survey, and to improve on their ideas. B4U-ACT agreed to promote the survey in the BL/GL communities. We've done this because we see it as a way of challenging stereotypes by getting more representative samples and gathering data on issues more relevant to us than what the mainstream looks at. If you think this survey could help BLs/GLs, please pass this email on to others.
Please keep in mind the following (from B4U-ACT's policy on working with researchers at http://b4uact.org/researchethos.htm):
When people see B4U-ACT posting calls for participants, they can be assured that, to the best of our knowledge, the following are true:
1) The researchers are committed to promoting the well-being of MAPs.
2) The researchers treat MAPs with respect.
3) The researchers are committed to understanding MAPs and have demonstrated a willingness to talk with and develop collaborative relationships with MAPs by working together with B4U-ACT throughout their research process and often by attending our workshops.
4) The researchers will not ask participants about unadjudicated illegal activities.
By helping a researcher to recruit participants, we are not endorsing all assumptions involved in their research. There are a number of controversial issues in this area on which researchers and MAPs alike disagree amongst themselves and on which B4U-ACT takes no position. (For more information, see http://b4uact.org/issuesofagreement.htm) By helping to recruit participants on a researcher’s behalf, B4U-ACT is communicating that, to the best of our knowledge, researchers are following the four guidelines above.
Here is the announcement of the study from the researchers:
We are researchers at Northwestern University, Department of Psychology, under the supervision of Professor Michael Bailey. We are conducting a survey of men and women sexually attracted to young persons (defined in this study as persons aged 14 or younger). The purposes of this survey include exploration of: the development and phenomenology of attraction to young persons; the experiences of individuals attracted to young persons discussing their feelings with mental health professionals and important acquaintances/relatives; differences among individuals attracted to young persons between those who act on them and those who do not act on them (Note that we will not ask you about any illegal acts you may or may not have committed except those known to legal authorities.); and aspects of your sexuality that have not been studied well previously, such as the degree of your attractions to adults and to the idea of being a child. We are administering this survey anonymously, and we do not collect ip or email addresses. The link to the study is:
P.O. Box 1754
Westminster, MD 21158