Posted BY: Jim Hoft
The Scottish police have been chastised for a report that uses the term “Minor-Attracted People” instead of using pedophiles, raising concerns that it would normalize child abuse.
In the year-end report by Chief Constable Iain Livingstone on child abuse and exploitation, he stated, “The project’s main agenda is to develop understanding and approach to avoid the victimization of children by engaging Minor-Attracted People (MAPs) and providing them with the necessary support, treatment and guidance to help prevent criminal activities.”
The police defended its action by claiming that the wording used in the annual report was modeled after European Union’s terminology.
A spokesperson for the department stated that the word “MAPs” is not one they use to characterize child abusers and that its use in the report has to be understood in context, Scottish Daily Express reported.
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A police spokesman said: “Police Scotland does not use the term Minor-Attracted Person. The reference in the Chief Constable’s Assessment of Policing Performance 2021/22 was in the context of Police Scotland’s engagement with the Horizon Project EU consortium to tackle Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.
“The term was used in the commissioning documents for the consortium and is more commonly used on the continent. In September, Police Scotland representatives successfully lobbied for the MAP term not to be used by the consortium.”
The local outlet added that the people were outraged because they believed the move was an attempt to normalize sex crimes against minors by rebranding pedophilia as a harmless sexual preference.