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Treatment for boys who are attracted to younger adolescents and children usually involves the
following components (regardless of whether they are aggressive):
There is no evidence that the development of sexual attraction can be changed through these methods. In fact, the evidence points to the opposite: historically, attempts to change sexual feelings using these methods have consistently failed.
Research on the effectiveness of these methods on those attracted to younger people is identical to the old literature on homosexuality. Most is done without adequate scientific controls and produces contradictory and inconclusive results, while the few studies that are well-conducted show only temporary decreases in sexual arousal, if any at all.
Not only are these methods ineffective, they may cause severe psychological damage. It is widely recognized that aversion therapy for gay men caused severe psychological trauma, including chronic anxiety, depression, and suicide. There is no evidence that the same effects would not be seen in people attracted to younger adolescents or children.
In addition, the coerced use of these methods invade the most private part of the youth's body and mind, humiliating him for his sexuality. They interfere with the attainment of mental health by preventing the development of a sense of self-acceptance and a consolidated positive identity. Rather than combating stigma, these methods intentionally and systematically stigmatize the youth by monitoring and controlling his sexual thoughts and feelings, by communicating false information about his sexuality, and by requiring him to admit to a hideous nature.
Thus Age Taboo rejects sex offender treatment as ineffective in changing sexual feelings, psychologically dangerous, and emotionally abusive.
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