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Because children aren’t ready for sexual interaction until their bodies and minds have fully formed, earlier encounters have the potential to impact them in the same way that abuse does, even if it is the child’s coerced perception that he or she is consenting. Researchers have found direct connections between child sexual abuse and later risky and maladaptive behavior. Most often cited among women—but certainly not the only ones—are post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues (such as conflict and toleration of violence), risky sexual behavior (such as that which can lead to unplanned pregnancy, transmission of disease, or lack of discrimination regarding a number of sexual partners), and depression with or without suicidal thoughts.[i] Studies have shown that child sexual abuse is linked to increased subsequent risky activity such as prostitution and engagement in activities that place them at elevated risk for transmission of HIV.[ii] CSA (child sexual abuse) has been, in males especially, connected to risky sexual decision-making and behavior and increased alcohol consumption, a cyclical issue that self-perpetuates as each of these factors then fuels the other.[iii] Among adult men, it is found that surviving CSA “[influences] risk-taking in an early and ongoing fashion…[contributing to] elevated…number of sexual partners…inconsistent condom use…exchanging sex for drugs or money…using alcohol prior to or during sex…[and] elevated rates of sexually transmitted infections.”[iv] CSA is associated with younger alcohol use (as early as preteen years) and higher rates of “binge drinking,” with victims often indulging in “3 times the amount of alcohol consumed by their non-abused counterparts.”[v] Likewise, many report consuming multiple drinks in one setting and at times drinking alcohol before or during school hours.[vi] By mid-life, “men who experienced unwanted sexual activity during childhood were significantly more likely to report alcohol-related problems” than those who don’t have such childhood experiences.[vii] Studies have revealed that 59 percent of incarcerated males report CSA occurring before their thirteenth birthday, and 64 percent experienced unwelcome advances (such as kissing or fondling).[viii] CSA is conclusively linked to later-life difficulties such as nightmares, flashbacks, denial, repression, abusive relationships, domestic violence, difficulty with sexual function,[ix] and even violence and sexual aggression.[x]

Unfortunately, there are well-meaning people who believe that children are sexually repressed unless encouraged to explore this area of their identity. Sadly, the efforts of adults are being exploited by a larger hand that wishes to destroy our children and instill irreversible damage upon their lives. Introducing an idea to a child doesn’t mean he or she is ready to explore such realms. Children show curiosity about crossing the road long before they are rationally developed enough to understand how to go about it safely. Children indicate interest in jobs—wondering what they’ll be when they grow up—long before they’re cognitively ready to juggle the responsibilities that come with employment. I (Allie Anderson) remember a time when I was about nine when I had done the math and decided that it would be just as cheap for our family to eat McDonald’s Happy Meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner rather than to fuss with buying groceries and cooking. Thank God my mom didn’t indulge that silliness; a diet like that leads to obesity, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, heart conditions, hypertension, skin problems, and myriad other health problems. Young people often think they know what’s in their best interest, but it is adults’ jobs to guide them. It is vital to understand that being capable of expressing curiosity about an area of life doesn’t mean they’re ready to explore it.

Conditioning through Toys

At this very moment, children are being groomed to embrace sexuality, whether we recognize it or not. One of the most obvious ways this conditioning is occurring—besides media, television shows, movies, and music—is through the toys marketed to them. One example is the Trolls World Tour Giggle ’n Sing Poppy Troll Doll, which features a button placed between the legs that, when pushed, causes the doll to make surprised sounds such as gasps and shocked giggles.[xi] After outrage incited the circulation of a petition signed by nearly 325,000 parents, Hasbro pulled this doll from shelves.[xii] The company’s explanations for the button’s placement ranged from it being a complete accident (yeah, right…) to it being intended to trigger the doll making funny noises when seated.

Other toys that have yet to be called out include LOL Surprise dolls, which come with androgynous clothing but are available in both genders. Several layers of packaging wrapping the boy dolls are suspiciously riddled with drawings of pizza—a sign many link to pedophilia and even human trafficking—and these male dolls come equipped with testes. The girls, when dipped in cold water, manifest lingerie of various styles and colors (some of which are mature, sexy, or appear in adult themes such as black, strappy fishnet). Since they’re sold in opaque packaging, shoppers can’t see what the doll is until the purchase has been made, hence the “surprise.” For parents expecting toys as innocent as those of yesteryear, these dolls are aptly named.

Drag Queen Story Hour

Other ways children are being taught too early about sexuality can be seen through recent events appropriately titled “Drag Queen Story Hour” wherein drag queens host story times at local libraries. Some appear, in demonic dress, reading children “gender-fluid novels,”[xiii] while others strip in front of the children[xiv] or teach them to twerk (a dance wherein the rump gyrates quickly).[xv] Some readers have even been seen lying on the floor, with children sprawling on top of them.[xvi] In one instance, a drag queen wearing only sheer tights under a miniskirt sat, legs wide open, frontal-flashed children at eye-level when bending over to pick up a book.[xvii] Worse, in at least one case, the hosting library neglected to run a background check on the drag queens, and “a man charged for sexually assaulting…[an eight-year-old boy[xviii]] was allowed to entertain children at drag queen storytime” (confirming the very point we’re attempting to make here).[xix]

Allowing this type of activity introduces sexual confusion to children at an age when they’re not ready to process what they’re seeing. Since children aim to please, they’re easily swayed into playing roles that aren’t healthy for a developing mind. The organizations behind activities such as the drag-queen story time readily admit that their goal is to “groom” the next generation to accept greater sexual diversity, and they state that they’re actively recruiting younger members to join their way of life.[xx] The agenda sounds good to many citizens: “A lot of core values of being a drag queen—love, acceptance, joy, laughter, self-expression—are values that we want to instill in our kids, so it is very important that we bring this program…[to share] the joy of reading, and the joy of just spreading love.” However, the images of these interactions posted online—children sprawled across semi-clad drag queens laying on the floor and adults nearly nude/dressed in S&M-style clothing while posing with children—make it seem that a far darker agenda clouds their motives.[xxi]

And, this agenda could be escalating as younger children take an interest in joining these efforts. Recent drag sensation Desmond Napoles, known as “Desmond is Amazing,” was born in 2007 and is the youngest drag queen at this time in America. An icon in the LGBTQ culture, he is celebrated, featured in magazines, and marches in pride parades.[xxii] As he gains popularity, it’s likely that other children will want to follow this movement, but they’ll do so at the peril of being exploited by those who would abuse their impressionability.

Who Is Behind These Agendas?

One must wonder, if all involved in both sides of this issue are truly seeking the betterment of society, why things progress as they do in spite of the opposition. One church in California was vandalized after its pastor openly protested the story hour led by drag queens. The church building was marred with pentagrams scrawled in spray paint alongside “vulgar [and satanic] phrases.”[xxiii] These authors believe that there is a link between movements such as these and those that sexually exploit and traffic children behind the scenes. In a nutshell, the violation of our youths’ innocence is being moved from the privacy of the back room and into the public sphere. Where such atrocities have been met with outrage and increased awareness/crackdowns, the powers that be have maneuvered to make it appear that children actually want to be involved in their sick fantasies. Conditioning kids to want to participate isn’t very hard. But what about the adults who promote this activity? These authors also believe that many of the grown-ups active in these circles are actually being played as well. After all, as we’ve stated, one of the manipulation methods used by the enemy is to skew the comprehension of what it means to love. And, some of those who speak out for such advancements of humanity are well-respected, educated people who have advocated for other aspects of human equality or emancipation, with the “sexual liberation” of children being only one aspect of their agenda. Consider the words of Kate Millet, American feminist writer, author of the book, Sexual Politics, and activist, who stated of children in 1980: “Certainly, one of children’s essential rights is to express themselves sexually, probably primarily with each other but with adults as well…the sexual freedom of children is an important part of a sexual revolution…What is really at issue is children’s rights and not, as it has been formulated up to now, merely the right of sexual access to children.”[xxiv]

We must understand that the public is filled with well-meaning—albeit often misled—individuals who will stand for what they believe is right. In fact, much like the scenario regarding the elderly woman and her money, many believe they are taking a stand for the interests and liberation of children when they advocate for this premature and intimate self-expression. They’re unaware that as the final phases of the sexual revolution occur—ringing in the era of children’s erotic liberation—deviancy previously hidden will be embraced publicly at our children’s expense.

Many of those advocating for this movement are doing what they believe is right.

Therein lies that key element that can be spun against humanity by the craftiest of them all. How is it that entire populations will allow children to be exploited in such a way? It is by conditioning the children to show curiosity and even express interest in being involved in these activities. When this occurs, those who stand “for the children’s rights” make it a cause for which they perceive efforts to be righteous. In that way, a few key people can trick an entire population into selling the innocence of their young without even realizing the prize that they’ve traded away.

Yet, we must be logical. It doesn’t occur to children on their own that their bodies may interact sexually with an adult’s—or any other person’s, for that matter. These ideas come from outside the spectrum of a child’s thought processes. And in response, many well-meaning adult influences give kids an overly cultivated environment wherein they can follow the curiosity that accompanies implanted ideas. Society teaches our parents that this is how you create a safe, nonjudgmental way for youngsters to develop a healthy view of themselves. Often, in an effort to be helpful (and with key coaching), adults offer too much information in response to introductory inquiries, which stirs further questions in the mind of a child. One can see how this cycle creates a perpetual line of curiosity that appears to be originating from children, but that is actually prompted by conditioning. Soon, a child’s innocence is abandoned or compromised under the heading of self-discovery, while loving, well-meaning caregivers facilitate this robbery. Children are malleable. If they believe what they’re doing is normal and pleasing to the adult influences in their lives, they’ll become conditioned to see nearly any activity as acceptable. Meanwhile, goodhearted guardians are told that this is the way to be a supportive parent.

All the while, pedophiles are increasingly relabeled with such euphemisms as “minor-attracted persons,” and sympathy is fostered for their lack of legal ability to make connections that coincide with their attractions. (Understand that these people should be offered help and they desperately need intervention. This is not a hate statement. However, their attraction is problematic in that it renders a lifetime of pain and should thus be treated.) The currently emerging narrative around pedophilia must change. The presently propagated notion that one can’t help whom one loves and that he or she is powerless to redirect his or her thoughts is the theme by which MAPs are slowly shifting from being recognized as a public threat to being instated as an orientation. Further, those who would redirect this attraction to age-appropriate peers and overcome the compulsion might be able to find a fulfilling, appropriate relationship, thus avoiding a lonely lifetime of isolation.

In the meantime, via outspoken activists allied with the pedophile’s cause like Mirjam Heine, the attempt at putting salve on such a societal wound as accepting pedophilia is worded by placing the onus on non-pedophiles who are responsible for accepting them into society, understanding that their urges are not their fault. She states:

We are not responsible for our feelings; we do not choose them. But, we are responsible for our actions. It is our responsibility to reflect and to overcome our negative feelings about pedophiles and to treat them with the same respect we treat other people with. We should accept that pedophiles are people who have not chosen their sexuality and who, unlike most of us, will never be able to live it out freely if they want to lead an upright life. We should accept that pedophilia is a sexual preference; a thought, a feeling, and not an act. We should differentiate between child sexual abuse and pedophilia.[xxv]

One problem with this logic is that, when a desire is maladaptive or even dangerous, people have two options. One is to seek counseling and intervention for the destructive desire, attempting to trade it for a healthier one. The other is to accept the desire as permissible while attempting to stifle it, which likely won’t work for long. When the individual’s mind and the general population have accepted the desire as appropriate and well founded, they can work together to enact the legalities that justify the action. When the action has the potential to cause physical, emotional, psychological, or developmental harm—and without a doubt, pedophilia does all of these to our children—a case and system for making it appear safe for potential victims will become the championed cause for the most deviant, malicious, and self-serving minds so that the exploitation will be viewed as acceptable.

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[i] Roemmele, M., & Messman-Moore, T. L. “Child Abuse, Early Maladaptive Schemas, and Risky Sexual Behavior in College Women.” Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 2011. 20(3), 264-283. Doi:10.1080/10538712.2011.575445.

[ii] Ibid.

[iii] Schraufnagel, T. J., Davis, K. C., George, W. H., & Norris, J. “Childhood Sexual Abuse in Males and Subsequent Risky Sexual Behavior: A Potential Alcohol-Use Pathway.” 2010. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34(5), 369-378. Dio:10.1016,j.chiabu.2009.08.013.

[iv] Ibid.

[v] Ibid.

[vi] Ibid.

[vii] Ibid.

[viii] Johnson, R. J., Ross, M. W., Taylor, W. C., Williams, M. L., Carvajal, R. I., Peters, R. J. “Prevalence of Childhood Sexual Abuse among Incarcerated Males in County Jail.” Child Abuse Negl. 2006 Jan;30(1):75-86. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2005.08.013. Epub 2006 Jan 18. PMID: 16412506.

[ix] Hall, M., & Hall, J. (2011). “The “Long-Term Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Counseling Implications. Retrieved from

[x] King, A. R., Kuhn, S. K., Strege. C., Russell, T. D., Kolander, T. “Revisiting the Link Between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Aggression.” Child Abuse Negl. 2019 Aug; 94:104022. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104022. Epub 2019 Jun 12. PMID: 31200261.

[xi] Espinoza, Joshua. “Hasbro Pulls Trolls Doll from Shelves After Complaints of Feature Promoting Child Sex Abuse.” Complex. August 7, 2020.

[xii] Ibid.

[xiii] Barnhart, Melissa. “Franklin Graham Lauds Parents for Protesting Drag Queen Story Hour at Libraries.” Christian Post. September 8, 2018. Accessed November 6, 2020.

[xiv] Library MOMitors. “Drag Queen Strips for Kids in the King County Library.” September 27, 2019. Accessed November 6, 2020. YouTube Video, 1:43.

[xv] LifeSiteNews. “Drag Queen Teaches Children to ‘Twerk.’” August 7, 2019. Accessed November 6, 2020. YouTube Video, 0:42.

[xvi] Prestigiacomo, Amanda. “Photos Reveal Children Laid on Top of Drag Queens at Library ‘Drag Queen Story Hour.’” Daily Wire. July 25, 2019.

[xvii] Du Cane, Lionel. “Drag Queen Accidentally Flashes Children at Story Hour.” National File. March 10, 2020. Accessed November 6, 2020.

[xviii] Film Everything. “Drag Queen Story Time Grooming Your Children.” November 5, 2019. Accessed November 6, 2020. YouTube Video, 5:38.

[xix] “Drag Queen Storytime Reader Once Charged with Child Sex Assault.” ABC Eyewitness News. March 15, 2019. Accessed November 6, 2020.

[xx] Film Everything. “Drag Queen Story Time Grooming Your Children.” November 5, 2019. Accessed November 6, 2020. YouTube Video, 5:38.

[xxi] Ibid.

[xxii] Fatherly. “Drag Kid Desmond Is a Ten-Year-Old Aspiring Drag Queen.” March 20, 2018. Accessed November 6, 2020. YouTube Video, 9:12.

[xxiii] “Church Vandalized with ‘Satanic Symbols’ after Pastor Opposed Drag Queen Story Hour.” Instagram. September 23, 2019. Accessed November 6, 2020.

[xxiv] Omega Frequency. “The New Normalization.” August 23, 2020. Accessed November 6, 2020. YouTube Video, 1:11:30.

[xxv] TEDx. “Pedophilia Is a Natural Sexual Orientation Mirjam Heine University of Wurzburg ugwbBgDOro.” August 30, 2018. Accessed November 6, 2020. YouTube Video, 13:30.

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