Massachusetts News

Pedophilia Study is Condemned by House, 355-0

Massachusetts News
August 2, 1999

The House of Representatives has condemned the pedophilia study that was published by the American Psychological Association by a vote of 355-0. 

In Resolution 107, Congress said that the study was "flawed" and it "condemns and denounces all suggestions in the article." It "vigorously opposes any public policy or legislative attempts to normalize adult-child sex or to lower the age of consent." 

It also "congratulated" the APA "for  publicly clarifying its opposition to any adult-child sexual relations, which will help to deny pedophiles from citing 'A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of child Sexual Abuse using College Samples' in a legal defense, and for resolving to evaluate the scientific articles it publishes in light of their potential social, legal, and political implications." 

"But this is not an issue that is going to go away," cautioned J. Edward Pawlick, who continued, "It is going to take constant vigilance to this subject." 

Pawlick said it was only the tremendous public pressure from radio talk show host Dr. Laura, and others such as House Majority Whip Tom DeLay and many others across the country, which caused the APA to relent. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the APA, Dr. Raymond Fowler, sent a letter to DeLay saying that the APA should have evaluated the article "based on its potential for misinforming the public policy process" but "failed to do so." 

Pawlick was skeptical, saying "We still don't know who made the decision to publish this article in the first place. Is he still there? Has his mind been changed?" 

The APA has been attempting to distance itself from the article they published ever since they were first exposed by an organization of psychologists and psychiatrists who treat homosexuals, The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). 

In Massachusetts it was Pawlick who alerted the state to the article by publishing his own study on the Massachusetts News Internet site. His study was also mailed to all the residents in the city of Newton. Because of that mailing, the City of Newton and Gov. Cellucci's Department of Education sponsored a protest rally on May 20. It said that Pawlick's article was "hate mail" in that he discussed pedophilia and warned that "child molestation is being normalized."