The Criminalization of Youth
Letter to NAMBLA
My Son's Story
What some professionals call "helping."

 by -- call me Ishmael
three years ago my ten-year-old son was taken from his home by the department of health and welfare. the reason for this was that my son suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and was having problems adapting to the public school system.  as I was fooled into believing the hype that he needed "help," he was placed in a treatment center.  while in this so called treatment center, one that handles only boys, he began going through puberty and befriended one of the other boys, an 11 year old boy with a mild form of Tourette’s syndrome.  to make a long story short, he was discovered initiating a sexual encounter between himself and his new friend, and this encounter was caught on one of the security cameras at the facility.  the encounter was mutually consensual and the doctor who viewed the tape and talked to me about it, described the encounter as "tender, in fact I would say it appeared to be very loving and affectionate."

because this happened in a state run facility, the law was called in and became involved.  and even though the police found that no crime had been committed, the Doctors labeled my son a sexual predator.  my son is now in a different "treatment facility" that houses criminal offenders and the decision about when he comes home is no longer up to me.  after the encounter I spent some time talking to my son and let him know that he did not do anything wrong and that straight, gay or bi made no difference to me, whatsoever -- I loved him unconditionally.  however, with the problems he would face at this facility after being outed, the best thing to do would be to bring him home. 

this is when things become insane.  my son's case worker had started court proceedings to have my son made a ward of the state, and forcibly took away my right to take my son home.  Now understand, my son NEVER committed any kind of sex crime, but is now in a "treatment facility" for juvenile sex offenders in another state, and the other boy has also been forcibly removed from his parents and is in another facility.

Why?

Because they loved one another and engaged in a tender and loving act of sex that culminated in mutual oral sex.  had this happened when they were 18 or older they would both be with their families, and perhaps they would be starting their lives together as a couple.  but they were 10&11.  Had this sort of thing happened at either me and my son's home or the other boy's home, and they had been discovered.  it would have been called playing post office or playing doctor.  something that just about everyone on the face of the planet joyfully experienced as a part of growing up, but it happened in a boys hospital run by the state.  so now these two boys are labeled as sexual deviants and are ripped from their families and are locked up in a "treatment facility" as it is called by the state.  but the locks on the doors and the bars on the windows tell me it is a prison for children being discussed as a behavior treatment center.

Parents be WARNED: Never let any case worker or health and welfare bastard tell you that they want to help your child.  tens of thousands of our children are locked away under the guise of treatment every year, for doing nothing more than engaging in normal healthy sexual experimentation.  some are even placed in facilities with convicted rapists, and violent sexual predators.  the number of kids that are being treated as if they are criminals is reaching epidemic proportions.

if you think that what I have described to you is an isolated and extreme case, I challenge you to look for yourself at the statistics on the age of inmates -- or as health workers call them, patients undergoing treatment for aberrant sexual behavior in the country.  the numbers will shock you.  not only by the age but also the amount.  and in many many cases the only thing that these kids are guilty of is in engaging in some kind of consensual sexual activity with other kids that are peers.

it is time we put a stop to this, right now the only option left to me is to try to play along with the state until I can get my son home and undo all of the damage done to him by this experience, and if I don't "toe the line" and do what they want me to do, I may never see my son out side a treatment center until he is 18 and can leave without the permission of these bastards.

as for me, once my son is free.  my white whale will be the laws and the lawmakers who are treating our kids like criminals.  once he is free I will do anything I can to see to it that this never happens to another family.  If I could work my will, all of the people that are responsible for the disgusting and abhorrent way our kids are being brainwashed into thinking something is wrong with them, would be locked away and punished in exactly the way they are doing to my son, with one difference.  they would not have some magic age that would allow them to walk out, they would be locked away in a deep dark place, they would never see the light of day, and would be looked after by people that punished them for having any kind of thought or behavior even remotely related to sex.  it makes me wonder how they would handle being punished for masturbation after any possibility of engaging in sexual contact with any living soul had been taken from them.

Letter addressed to NAMBLA, received by e-mail, January, 2008.
Copyright ©  NAMBLA, 2008.


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