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A SEX THERAPIST and licensed counselor working for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections held a conference in defense of “minor-attracted persons” (MAP), a term she prefers to use since the word pedophile can be, in her estimation, a “critical and hurtful insult” against those with sexual attraction to children.
“I want to talk about minor-attracted persons because they are probably the most vilified population of folks in our culture,” the therapist said, who identifies herself as Miranda Galbreath and clarifies that she uses female pronouns.
“Most folks are making incorrect assumptions about them without actually knowing much about them, and those assumptions create harm for an already marginalized population,” she continued.
The counselor clarified that she prefers to use personal terms because “any labels” applied to these people are “only part of who they are and doesn’t represent everything that they are.”
She argues that all human beings are “people first,” before the many facets or parts of us that identify us, and that includes pedophiles.
Galbreath explains that MAPs are individuals with “enduring sexual or romantic attraction to minors”, and justifies this by adding that they “have not chosen” such an attraction, “just as the rest of us have not chosen whatever our attraction is.”
“You don’t get to choose to be heterosexual, gay or anything you are”, the Pennsylvania counselor states, going on to explain that some of these individuals are attracted to a “specific age range,” and that some of them are “exclusively” attracted to children and not to adults.
Galbreath’s lecture is just over 10 minutes long and was available on a YouTube channel called “Sexual Safety Space.” However, it was blocked for violating the platform’s terms and conditions.
The therapist is listed in a news report from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as its “psychological services specialist” and “Sexual Offender Treatment Coordinator.”
Comments on Pennsylvania’s failure to respond
A clip of Galbreath’s lecture went viral on Twitter, and multiple figures in the American political spectrum have commented on it.
Political commentator and broadcaster Elizabeth “Liz” Wheeler explains that what Galbreath exposes is what is known as queer theory, whose author “advocates pedophilia, child pornography and advocates the sexualization of children.”
What she's saying is Queer Theory. The authoress of the founding document of Queer Theory defends pedophiles, defends child pornography, advocates for the sexualization of children. https://t.co/gCo6A1yYq4
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) August 10, 2022
For his part, producer and director Robby Starbuck, wonders whether, given her position in Pennsylvania’s public sector, “this extremist” has ever been in a position to influence a case of child sexual predation in which the perpetrator has received any benefit.
She works for @PennsylvaniaGov in the Department of Corrections which begs the question: Has this extremist ever been in a position to influence a case where a child predator got out of prison early or to influence lesser sentencing? 🤔 https://t.co/RYzQSY0T5K
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 11, 2022
Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert commented that anyone who uses the term MAP to refer to pedophiles should be “ostracized” by civil society.
Every person who uses the term MAP needs to be ostracized from civil society. https://t.co/UnejJJ1FXA
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 11, 2022
The Florida governor’s press secretary, Christina Pushaw, merely commented, “Evil.”
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 11, 2022
Neither Department of Corrections officials nor any Pennsylvania public official has provided an explanation for Galbreath’s role in the public sector or the conference in question.
Editor’s Note [8/12/22 – 1:58 pm]: An earlier version of this article contained quotes that were translated from Spanish to English. The article has been updated to reflect the exact, original quotes.