ECOSOC, The Kinsey Institute and Child Sexual Abuse

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On April 23, 2014,  the Kinsey Institute, whose founders argue that “children are sexual beings….sexual from the word go….sexual from birth,” was granted consultative status by the United Nations Committee on Non-governmental Organizations (CNO) of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). By creatively presenting the Institute’s history and mission in order to obtain its global lobbying status (see the discussion infra), it follows in the footsteps of its founder Alfred C. Kinsey, who misled the world with his theories promoting pedophilia in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953).

The Institute’s application, however, was not without criticism from those working for the well-being of children and a campaign is ongoing to shed light on the ideologies peddled from the credible global platform it has now mounted. As a consultant to ECOSOC composed of 54 UN member States and one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, the Kinsey Institute is officially part of the “central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations”. The Institute’s worldview has been influencing United Nations’ policy for some time through SIECUS, which helped UNESCO develop comprehensive global “sex education” guidelines promoting masturbation “birth to five” as part of infants’ “own specific sexuality.”

As a new ECOSOC consultant the Kinsey Institute portrays itself as the global human sexuality expert which possesses distinctive “credentials” in the field of sex research. This claim brings to mind President Abraham Lincoln when he presciently warned of the dangers posed by such “distinctive” players:

But new reapers will arise, and they, too, will seek a field….expect, that some man possessed of the loftiest genius, coupled with ambition sufficient to push it to its utmost stretch, will at some time, spring up among us….Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored …. It thirsts and burns for distinction….And when such a one does [spring up], it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws; and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs. Distinction will be his paramount object…[with] nothing left to be done in the way of building up, he would set boldly to the task of pulling down.   

The Kinsey Institute may be described as a “new reaper”. Its “unexplored region” is the “field” of human sexuality and it ambitiously promotes  sexual ideologies, rather than objective facts. In essence, the Institute reduces the complexity of human personality to the sphere of irrational mechanistic acts of “human animals.” Unfortunately, such distortions of the human person and authentic human sexuality have been accepted worldwide under the guise of science, rather than  advocacy attempts to promote the ideology of unrestrained sexuality. 

Of grave concern is the fact that the Institute recently argued before the CNO that it was not an advocacy organization, but rather, a research organization that promotes responsible sexual behavior and works to advance sexual health. Based upon these submissions, the Kinsey Institute gained consultative status within ECOSOC.

This line of argumentation is perhaps the least dangerous incidence of misrepresentation  practiced by the Kinsey Institute in the last 60 years. Most troubling is Kinsey’s sanctioning and concealment of systematic child sexual abuse, mostly of boys, as young as two months old, beginning in the 1930s. In keeping with its “scientific” report of sexuality in the human “animal,” Kinsey blithely publishes his “findings” of “orgasms” in infants and children in Tables 30-34 on pages 175-180 in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Table 34 is reproduced below:

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Utilizing the data in these tables and other equally questionable “findings,” Kinsey has created a “field” that advocates for normalization of sex between adults and children, including infants and youths as well as sex with animals. Indeed, Kinsey himself, viewed morality based standards of “normal” and “abnormal” as non-pragmatic, unrealistic and unenforceable. Unfortunately, such a perspective has become the seed of a social contagion that has infected the law, medicine, education, the media as well as religious and cultural institutions worldwide. As Lincoln predicted in 1838, this “new reaper” has pushed his agenda “to its utmost stretch” commencing with Nazi Germany when Kinsey’s “findings” regarding child “orgasms” were based in part upon “comprehensive reports” provided by Dr. Fritz von Balluseck. Kinsey’s own hand written notes are telling when he received Balluseck’s records of child abuse with responses such as “thank you” and “be careful (or “watch out”)” for the authorities.

Since Kinsey’s death in 1956, the Institute that bears his name, located at Indiana University, has continued his global sexual outreach and advocacy for unrestrained sexuality despite the economic costs to society. This includes a recently launched mobile app, which invites people around the globe to anonymously submit their citizen “research” of any and all of their sexual activities, not excluding rape, child sexual abuse or other sex crimes, to be electronically “mapped” and shared with the world.

At no point in time has either the Institute or Indiana University disavowed Kinsey’s affiliation with Balluseck or others who advocate for pedophilia and/or have sexually abused children under the guise of research. Thousands of records of sex crimes against children are alleged to exist in the archives at Indiana University Institute, however, officials of this Institute have consistently refused to open their records for inspection or investigation. Both Kinsey’s co-author Wardell Pomeroy, former Institute Director Paul Gebhard and photographer Clarence Tripp, have stated that they would destroy the records, rather than release them. Moreover, numerous attempts by the United States Congress to investigate the Institute’s activities have been thwarted. Indeed, perpetrators remain at large while the number of victims continue to mount.   

It is particularly, noteworthy that Dr. Laura J. Lederer, senior advisor on Trafficking, Office for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State has acknowledged that Kinsey’s body of work (now being carried out by the Kinsey Institute) commenced a sexual revolution that has contributed at least in part to the epidemic of child sex-trafficking that now plagues the international community. Consequently, by partnering with the Kinsey Institute, ECOSOC and its 54 member states seek counsel from an organization that has contributed to and continues to promote the very problems ECOSOC members are seeking to eradicate.

In response, a global contingent of concerned parents, government and civic leaders, lawmakers, researchers and victims of sexual crimes have formed the Stop the Kinsey Institute Coalition to call upon ECOSOC to withdraw the Institute’s NGO recognition. The Coalition published a brief entitled The Kinsey Institute Exposed: A Warning to Parents & Governments Throughout the World, and established a “Petition to World Leaders” advising the relevant governments about the harmful effects of the Kinsey Institute. The work of this coalition reflects the need for ECOSOC and the United Nations to seriously reconsider the Kinsey Institute’s  consultative status and to reflect upon whether to promote experts in the child protection community to review the records of the same Institute.

Each UN Members State and State Party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child should question the Institute’s participation as a consultative NGO and call for a prompt investigation.

Endnotes

[1] Judith A. Reisman, Ph.D., is Research Professor of Law and Director of the Liberty Center for Child Protection at Liberty University. Mary E. McAlister, Esq., is Senior Litigation Counsel with Liberty Counsel.

[2] The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, hereinafter “Kinsey Institute.”

[3] Paul Gebhard, PhD, Director of the Kinsey Institute after Kinsey’s death, interviewed in The Yorkshire documentary, Secret History: Kinsey’s Pedophiles, broadcast in Great Britain August 10, 1998.

[4] See, for e.g. StoptheKinseyInstitute.org. for extensive and detailed documentation of this campaign.

[5] SIECUS, The Sex Information and Educational Council of the United States. “In 1964, the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) was launched at the Kinsey Institute. Its objective was to teach Kinseyan ideology as sex education in our schools.” p. 177. See, Reisman, Judith, Stolen Honor, Stolen Innocence (New Revolution Press, 2013).

[6] Right From The Start: Guidelines For Sexuality Issues Birth Five Years, Early Childhood Sexuality Education Task Force, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), available at http://www.siecus.org/_data/global/images/RightFromTheStart.pdf (last visited September 2, 2014).

[7] Abraham Lincoln, Address To The Young Men’s Lyceum Of Springfield, Illinois January 27, 1838, reprinted in Andrew Delbanco, Ed., The Portable Abraham Lincoln, pp. 17-26 (Penguin Books, NY, 1992).

[8] Kinsey referred to men, women and children, as “human animals” throughout his two books.

[9] Kinsey, Pomeroy, and Martin, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, (W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1948.)

[10] Kinsey, Pomeroy, Martin and Gebhard, Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, (W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1953), pg. 6-10. Gebhard admitted his (and the team’s) collaboration with the several pedophiles in a telephone interview, and in press articles available in the Reisman Collection at the Liberty University School of Law Library.

[11] Id., p. 8.

[12] “Balluseck-Report” on Kinsey, Der Tagespiegel, May 16, 1957, cited in Reisman, Stolen Honor, Stolen Innocence, p. 333 (New Revolution Press, 2013). The article was one of a series over several weeks published in the German papers in the wake of Dr.  Balluseck’s arrest on suspicion of the sex murder of a little girl and of sexual abuse of dozens of other children.

[13] Id.

[14] Kinsey Reporter, 2014, retrieved from http://kinseyreporter.org.

[15] Transcript of interviews with Paul Gebhard and Clarence Tripp in The Yorkshire documentary, Secret History: Kinsey’s Pedophiles, broadcast in Great Britain August 10, 1998, available in the Reisman Collection at the Liberty University School of Law Library; Wardell Pomeroy, Dr. Kinsey and the Institute for Sex Research, p.141 (Harper & Row, 1972).   

[16] November 28, 2006, “New Challenges in the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons: Combating Child Sex Tourism and Child Pornography on the Internet, Washington D.C.

[17] http://www.stopthekinseyinstitute.org.

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