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H.Con.Res. 107 (106th): Expressing the sense of Congress rejecting the conclusions of a recent article published by the American Psychological Association that suggests that sexual relationships between adults and children might be positive for children.


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7/12/1999--Passed House amended. Expresses the sense of Congress that it: (1) rejects and condemns suggestions in a recently published article in the Psychological Bulletin that sexual relationships between adults and "willing" children are less harmful than believed and might be positive for "willing" children; (2) vigorously opposes any public policy or legislative attempts to normalize adult-child sex or to lower the age of consent; (3) urges the President to likewise reject and condemn any suggestion that sexual relations between children and adults are anything but abusive, destructive, exploitive, reprehensible, and punishable by law; and (4) encourages competent investigations to continue to research the effects of child sexual abuse using the best methodology, so that the public and public policymakers may act upon accurate information.