4. Theme: research & ideology
4.1. The research of Richard Yuill
Yuill's dissertation is still not public. This is a decision of the University and the author, to take five years of rest, at least for the author. His research shows that there, indeed, are sexual experiences in youth that are negatively evaluated by the youth themselves, the "male survivors", but that there are also positive evaluated experiences. The most important difference is the grade of freedom in the relationship. Regrettably, only the adult partners could be interviewed.
There are no figures, because the methodology is not quantitative but qualitative, especially narrative. These narrative show many nuances. They sound authentic, not learned. But this is quite contrary to what most 'experts' always say. So it shocked them and it will shock the public. Therefore five years of rest.
With understanding and respect for this decision, it is a kind of Thou shalt not know.
The discussion which followed was concerned especially with those experts alluded to above. According to the article, none of them will ever acknowledge that a young person might wish any intimate contact with an adult. This idea is, so they say, a typical thinking error of the offenders. Remarkably is also that they exclusively use the behavioral model of thinking: they concentrate themselves on behavior, not on feelings. This leads to a too simple model of thinking and working.
We have read about the problems Rind and his team have had after their meta-analysis - which was, notably, a meta-analysis of already published research. We have also, in the previous Ipce Meeting, read (A Very ‘Typical’ Immoral Panic; The Perils of Researching Intergenerational Sexualities; in Ipce Newsletter # 25) about the problems of other researchers. Now we hear about Horst Vogt (see below), who was not welcome as a speaker on a congress.
Nevertheless, what Rind, Vogt, Yuill and others have published is publicly known now, and no writer, speaker, researcher or field worker can deny this. All research starts with literature, changes may start with research, although universities do not pursue this kind of research. But it does exist.