A MAPs Journey Podcast
SEASON 2 | EPISODE 2
PUBLISHED | SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
PUTTING PREVENTION FIRST
Working with Non-Offending MAP Individuals to Promote Safer Communities
In this episode of "MAPS Journey," Elliott welcomes back guest Jay, who previously shared his experiences as a minor attracted person (MAP) and the challenges he faced navigating his attraction to children. This time, Jay is joined by his therapist and clinical social worker, Sona, to discuss their work in the primary prevention of child sexual abuse by working with the non-offending MAP community.
Sona, who previously worked with sex offenders, explains her decision to shift her focus toward primary prevention and how she began working with the non-offending MAP community. She discusses the importance of addressing the root causes of child sexual abuse and the need to provide support and resources for MAP individuals who want to prevent abuse.
Jay shares his perspective as a MAP person who is committed to preventing child sexual abuse. He talks about the stigma and misconceptions surrounding minor attraction and the importance of creating safe spaces and support networks for non-offending MAP individuals. He also discusses the challenges he faces in his daily life and how therapy has helped him manage his attraction to children and work towards preventing abuse.
Together, Sona and Jay discuss various strategies for the primary prevention of child sexual abuse, including destigmatization, education, and support for non-offending MAP individuals. They also emphasize the importance of collaboration between MAP individuals, mental health professionals, and communities in creating a safer environment for children.
This episode offers a valuable perspective on primary prevention of child sexual abuse and the important role that non-offending MAP individuals can play in this effort. It highlights the need for support, resources, and education for MAP individuals who want to prevent abuse and the importance of addressing the root causes of child sexual abuse. Listeners are encouraged to continue exploring this topic and to support efforts to prevent child sexual abuse.