The Human Face of Pedophilia

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The Human Face of Pedophilia was the primary activism section of AP's site Puellula, containing writings about the ethics and practicalities of childlove. The site, launched in August 2003, was originally a collaboration of three people: AP, Norbert de Jonge and Marthijn Uittenbogaard.

History

The idea for the Human Face of Pedophilia was conceived in the spring of 2003 when Norbert de Jonge and AP discovered that they were both planning to come out publicly. The decided to team up and come out together at the same time. In the following months, they attempted to enlist other pedophiles who were already partially out or who might consider outing themselves. Eventually, one other person joined, Marthijn Uittenbogaard of the Dutch advocacy group MARTIJN.

In anticipation of the event, the trio worked together to create a new website that would explain their goals and reasons for coming out as well as containing resources that would enable its visitors to learn more about pedophilia from scientific and academic sources.

Launch

One day prior to the anticipated launch date of 1 August 2003, the trio issued a press release to the Dutch news agency outlining their plans for the site. When the news agency published the press release, interest in the site was so heavy that a decision was made to launch the site immediately rather than waiting until the next day.

Following a large number of inquiries from the Dutch press, ISP Demon decided to close the site down after just four hours of operation. The site was re-launched on two mirrors within an hour of this action, one on CLogo and one on Puellula.

Fallout

Within days of the original launch, the trio were inundated with requests from various news media for comment, especially Norbert de Jonge, who published not only his city of residence but his address and telephone number. Along with these inquiries were a number of very threatening emails to the two Dutch members of the trio, causing them to withdraw from the project. From that point onward, the site was managed only by AP, becoming part of his now defunct Puellula umbrella.

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