Pennsylvania sex therapist employed by state prison defends pedophiles

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A sex therapist advocating for the sentiments of pedophiles and employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is making waves with a video on social media explaining why society should stop using the word pedophile and start saying “people attracted to minors” or MAP .

“Pedophile has gone from a diagnostic label to a hurtful, hurtful slur that we throw at people in order to hurt or slander them,” Miranda Galbreath said in her video, which has been removed from YouTube but is Always on Twitter. “I also prefer person-centred language that recognizes that any label we might apply to a person is only part of who they are and does not represent all they are. We are all people first, with many different facets that are part of who we are. And that includes people attracted to minors.

Galbreath explains the view that pedophiles simply have an enduring sexual or romantic attraction to minors.

“They didn’t choose that attraction, just like the rest of us didn’t choose whatever attraction we had. You can’t choose to be straight or to be gay or whatever. You cannot choose to be a person attracted to a minor.

They are the most reviled population in our culture, Galbreath said, and most people make incorrect assumptions about them without knowing much about them, and those assumptions harm an already marginalized population.

Galbreath works for the State Correctional Institution in Albion, Pennsylvania. His online resume outlines his duties, including, but not limited to, providing sex offender risk assessments, leading cognitive behavioral treatment groups for sex offenders, facilitating LGBT empowerment groups, and serving as a the institution’s main resource and support for LGBT people and provide assessment, education and support related to gender dysphoria and gender identity issues.

Call for withdrawal

Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, sent a letter to the Department of Corrections Aug. 12 calling for Galbreath’s removal from state employment.

“To say I’m disturbed would be an understatement. Galbreath makes indefensible claims during the 10+ minute video that attempts to de-stigmatize adults who sexually abuse children as misunderstood and reviled,” Mastriano wrote. “She has the nerve to suggest that the use of the word pedophile causes harm to those convicted of child sex crimes. This shocking rhetoric prioritizes the humanity of child molesters over the protection and healing of their victims.

“Galbreath’s reprehensible opinions have no place in our state prisons, let alone in our society. I demand that his professional relationship with our state end immediately and seek a response regarding his involvement in inmate counseling at state correctional facilities and the extent to which this extremist ideology has seeped into the department.

The Epoch Times asked Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, for comment; specifically, whether he would keep Galbreath on the payroll or remove her.

“When Josh is governor, anyone who takes a lenient attitude toward child molesters will have no role to play in his administration,” Will Simons, spokesman for Shapiro’s campaign, told The Epoch Times. “In the meantime, specific questions about this woman’s employment with the Department of Corrections should be directed to them.”

Neither the Department of Corrections nor Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s office responded to requests for comment.

Galbreath has a YouTube channel, called “Sexual Safety Space” where she talks about any given topic, with titles such as “Let’s talk about penises”, “Let’s talk about abortion” and “Let’s talk about male sexual abuse and boys”. ”

In her video “Let’s talk about consent”, she says that a person must be old enough to legally give consent to have sex.

“It’s up to each of us what the legal age of consent is where we live, and who we can and cannot legally have sexual contact with,” Galbreath said. “I suggest to you that if you ask yourself the question, ‘Is this person legally old enough to consent to sexual contact with me in my condition?’ You probably shouldn’t have sex with this person, because if you’re asking that, it’s an indicator that there’s probably some concern out there.

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Beth Brelje is an investigative journalist covering Pennsylvania politics, the courts, and the Commonwealth’s most interesting and sometimes hidden news. Send her your story ideas: [email protected]

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