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Pedophiles Look To Rebrand Themselves As 'Minor-Attracted Persons' To Remove Stigma

Pedophiles Look To Rebrand Themselves As 'Minor-Attracted Persons' To Remove Stigma

This disturbing propaganda is being spread by hundreds of accounts to re-categorize pedophilia as a harmless sexual preference and remove the 'stigma' attached to the word pedophile.

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Disclaimer: This story contains details of the predatory behavior displayed online by child sex abusers.

A recent investigation found that many infamous child-sex offenders in Britain are using online platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to rebrand themselves as "Minor-Attracted Persons." This disturbing propaganda is being spread by hundreds of accounts to re-categorize pedophilia as a harmless sexual preference and remove the 'stigma' attached to the word pedophile. The Mail launched the investigation on Sunday and found that hundreds of these disgusting accounts are being set up each day that refer to these potential and prolific abusers as "MAPS" or Minor-Attracted Persons. These anonymous users have gone to the extent of creating their own rainbow "MAP Pride" flag and some have even insisted that their sexual preference should be celebrated as a niche group just like the LGBTQIA+ community. 



 

Attempting to spread the concept and move pedophilia towards becoming a part of society’s wider move towards sexual freedom, hundreds of accounts are being set up every day, reports Daily Mail. If this wasn't enough, they are also using LGBT-style slogans like ‘#MAPPride’ and ‘#Mappositivity.’ The investigation found many online posts including memes declaring "Gay MAPs are amazing" and even cartoon characters urging users: "Repost if you think maps should be able to date minors." According to the outlet, there was one account @SandMapMinorva used by a pedophile that posted, "Minor-attraction is natural." The handle has since been suspended. 



 

Other profiles of anonymous users use cartoon characters instead of photographs and list the ages of children they find themselves most attracted to. Disturbingly, some of their preference is towards children who are "two to seven" years of age. Responding to this ugly attempt, a gar rights campaigner, Otep Shamaya, said, "They are a fiendish group of sub-humans and they will find no haven in the LGBTQ community. We utterly rebuke their delusional and evil claims." This horrifying propaganda is actually making its reappearance after its first attempt in the 1970s and 1980s. 



 

Previously, the Pedophile Information Exchange (PIE) made an attempt to push for pro-child abuse policies, like lowering the age of consent to four. They tried this by leaning on the gay liberation movement that was happening at the time. However, in 1984, the campaign was disbanded. But it seems like that was not the end of their propaganda to reintroduce their shocking sexual preference into society and normalize it. Over the weekend, the outlet learned that Tom O’Carroll, the campaign's former chairman and Britain's most infamous pedophile campaigner is continuing to use the online forums to argue for the legalization of pedophilia. 



 

During an interview, the 75-year-old argued and compared a sexual relationship between a child and an adult to a mother’s relationship with her baby and called it natural. In 2006, O’Carroll was given a two-year jail term for child pornography offenses and then joined the Labour Party in 2015. A year following this, he was ousted for being a 'safeguarding risk.' YouTube also came under fire for not taking down O’Carroll's video and he also began campaigning on his Wordpress blog. to legalize sex with children. 



 

Although many social media giants have been removing users for posting extremist or racist material, 'MAP' posts are still allowed to remain. Despite being protested, these posts are there as they are deemed acceptable as long as it doesn't "glorify" pedophilia and remains a discussion about attraction towards minors. What's even more appalling is that the campaign is now drawing attention and support of academics who are calling for the voices of pedophiles to be heard. The senior psychology lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, Dr. Craig Harper, signed a letter demanding Twitter to restore the pedophile accounts that were suspended by them. 



 

In a controversial argument Dr. Harper maintained that "pedophilia and child abuse are not the same things" and "pedophilia is a sexual attraction pattern that shares common features with other sexual orientations." This concerned Jacqui Dillon, a child sex abuse survivor, who runs the Beck Road Alliance online support network. "This is absurd and dangerous. Twitter and other corporations are now providing pedophiles with access to children online," they wrote. Following this Twitter assured, it had "zero tolerance for any material that features or promotes child sexual exploitation." YouTube also removed some postings and Wordpress has suspended all three blogs of O’Carroll. 

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