Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Naughty new disorder: Researchers attempting to make consensual sex a mental illness

Original Article

12/21/2012

By Mike Bundrant

(NaturalNews) Psychiatry continues its imperialistic efforts to diagnose every human condition as a mental illness with a billing code and proper pharmaceutical intervention.

The latest on the docket is sex, with the proposed Hypersexual Disorder.

Yep, if you like to have a lot of sex or use sex to feel good, some medical researchers want you to be diagnosable. What are the "symptoms" of the naughty new disorder?

Science Daily reports:

These include a recurring pattern of sexual fantasies, urges and behaviors lasting a period of six months or longer that are not caused by other issues, such as substance abuse, another medical condition or manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Also, individuals who might be diagnosed with this disorder must show a pattern of sexual activity in response to unpleasant mood states, such as feeling depressed, or a pattern of repeatedly using sex as a way of coping with stress.

Well, I guess EVERY GUY WHO HAS EVER LIVED should be sent directly to the psych ward!

Most of the children on this earth would not be here if their father had not been fantasizing about their mother at some point. And let's see - I am feeling down and think that making love might put me in a better state - and WHAT DO YOU KNOW, IT WORKS!

Yet, psychiatrists would rather you believe that you have a disorder and need to be drugged if you use sex in a totally natural way. With these criteria, ANYTHING healthy could apply. Do you use exercise to pick up your mood or reduce stress? How about a hobby? Does gardening get your mind off what is bothering you? Perhaps you have Hypergardening Disorder.


PA - In Adopting Punitive Sex Offender Law, Pennsylvania Takes Giant Step Backward in Protecting Children

Original Article

12/20/2012

Today is a dark day for Pennsylvania’s children. After spending the last two years enacting a series of measures to improve how we treat our children, Pennsylvania took a giant step backward in adopting a punitive and unreasonable law incorrectly stigmatizing youth for life. Act 111, which goes into effect today, unnecessarily places certain juveniles on a lifetime sex offender registry.

Act 111 was enacted in response to the federal Adam Walsh Act, passed by Congress in 2006 (Video) after the high-profile abduction and murder of a child. States that do not comply with the Act are at risk of losing 10% of their funding under the Justice Assistance Grant program. The Act expanded the breadth of registration and notification laws for all individuals convicted of sex offenses. Most importantly, it subjects youth who are adjudicated delinquent to the same registration requirements as convicted adult sex offenders.
- Isn't using money to get someone to comply with your wishes, bribery?

The law casts a wide net, bringing into its reach children who do not in any way represent the adult child-predators it is intended to address. The law does little to improve public safety and ignores Supreme Court jurisprudence on treating juveniles differently. It disregards established literature on adolescent development. It mistakenly assumes that juvenile sex offenses belong in the same category as that of adults.
- The laws in general do not do what they intended, they sweep all ex-sex offenders into the "predator" group, and we all know that not all ex-sex offenders are predators, but that is what they are doing and they continually use the terms "predator," "pedophile," etc as if all ex-sex offenders are all the same.

It is well documented that juvenile offending—especially sex offending—is inherently different from that of adults. There is no empirical relationship between juvenile sex crimes and adult sex crimes. Juvenile sex offending does not predict adult sex offending. Over 92% of all individuals who committed a sex offense as a juvenile do not commit another sex offense. Kids tend to mature out of sexual offending behavior and are not likely to commit another sexual offense. Federal requirements in the Adam Walsh Act do not have a significant influence on recidivism rates.
- Not really!  Adults and children have a low recidivism rate.

Moreover, data overwhelmingly show that subjecting juveniles to long-term registration and notification policies does nothing to improve community safety, but does create unintended harmful effects on the youth themselves. Numerous critics, including law enforcement officials, have observed the unintended and punitive consequences that result when youth are enveloped in a law enforcement program designed for adults convicted of sexual offenses.
- The same can be said for adults, the laws do nothing to improve safety.

For those reasons, a number of states have rejected the Act’s funding incentives and excluded juveniles from their sex offender registries. These states have accepted the common-sense view that children are different and thus require different treatment under the law. Other states have taken measures to lessen the punitive effect of the law, while still remaining in compliance with the federal mandates; they hold that juveniles cannot be placed on a registry until after they have completed their rehabilitation in the juvenile justice system and the court holds a hearing to determine whether registration is necessary to protect the public interest.

The law that Pennsylvania adopted to comply with the Adam Walsh Act, however, requires registration by juveniles age 14 and older who are adjudicated delinquent for rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, or the conspiracy or attempt to commit one of those offenses, and who live, work or attend school in Pennsylvania. These youth must register for life on a non-public sex offender registry. The law has reporting requirements that are nearly impossible to meet and imposes adult felony convictions on individuals who are unable to comply.

Recently, in Miller v. Alabama, the Supreme Court struck down mandatory lifetime sentences for youth, stating its rationale as inapplicable to juveniles for whom the Constitution requires individualized determinations regarding criminal sanctions. The same rationale applies to so-called juvenile “sex offenders,” as registration is automatic and lasts a lifetime without an individualized determination of its necessity.

The three branches of Pennsylvania government have worked hard to repair the Commonwealth’s tarnished reputation for its treatment of children. However, in adopting Act 111, it harms the life chances of children, without any compelling reason. Kids are different.