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For engaging in oral sex with their peers, the boys
were arrested and
rape, aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation. Four decided
to accept a plea bargain, avoiding 10-year
sentences, but forever being labeled sex offenders.
He is looking at being put on the
public registry when he turns 18, along with his picture...Because of
registry and the stigma which accompanies it, we have had suicides,
attempted suicides and youths who are ready to give up.
We have encountered young teenagers
(13 to 15) who, as part of their treatment, have been compelled to
recite daily creeds including phrases such as 'I am a pedophile and am
not fit to live in human society'...these incidents cannot be dismissed
isolated examples of overly zealous practice but are directly derived
from an uncritical application of prevailing treatment models.
As part of his treatment, the 15 year old was forced to
place a round,
mercury-filled plastic device around his penis, and further forced to
wear earphones and listen to pornographic tapes. Afterward the youth
was encouraged to masturbate.
“...her therapists persisted until
one day she tried to kill herself, the mother said...critics point to
the boy's case as an example of a child
put into the program without cause, who was treated with inappropriate
and potentially dangerous methods, and who may have become violent as a
What others have to say about ETAY
“Thanks so much for your work pulling
together all of this research!
I'm sure my colleagues here will be very interested to look at it, too."
-- Joseph Truong, Resource Coordinator, National Youth Advocacy
"Thanks as well for
website. It appears to have much
good information and I hope to read it through more thoroughly and
refer to it again.”
-- Jennifer L. Bass, Head of Information Services, Kinsey
"We find your web site informative in its own
and are considering linking to it in our selection of direct links.”
-- Erwin Haeberle, Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexuality