The crime of incest, or sexual relationships between close family members such as father-daughter, mother-son or between siblings, has long been a taboo in our society.
It is officially banned in the criminal codes in Australia. However, over the years there have been some moves to REMOVE incest as a crime. In particular, this was canvassed during discussions by the Federal and State Attorneys-General in the mid 1990s, when a series of Discussion papers on a 'Model Criminal Code' were published with the aim of having consistent criminal laws across Australia.
Fortunately, on the issue of the crime of incest, many people objected to the suggestion of removing incest as a crime, and the final report recommended leaving incest as a crime.
Some people argued that ADULTS should be able to form relationships and MARRY even if their relationship would have otherwise been seen as incest. One father and daughter from South Australia, who are in a sexual relationship campaigned for the right to marry (this is illegal under the Marriage Act).
Some of these cases have arisen when a father has not had contact with his daughter until her late teens - after they meet they find there is an attraction and this turns into a sexual relationship. There is even a NEW term for this - 'Genetic Sexual Attraction' - probably because it sounds nicer than 'incest'!
The Family Council of Victoria is developing policies on a range of family-related topics, and this is one area we are concerned about. The Family Council of Victoria is opposed to any moves to change the laws against incest.
Michael Treacy, of the Management Committee of FCV, has prepared a short paper outlining the problem and the concerns - it appears BELOW. A longer paper contains detailed stories and references - it is provided as a pdf.
The Family Council of Victoria will prepare a policy on this issue for consideration by a future Family Council of Victoria meeting.
The longer research paper:
Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) and Family Breakdown
Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) and Family Breakdown – Brief Paper
by Michael Treacy
In the realm of family morality, there has recently been a push to endorse and celebrate the coming together of direct family members in a sexual relationship. This Genetic Sexual Attraction or more commonly known as incest, has always existed. Only now, it is promoted in some areas as a legitimate relationship as in the case of a recent article of an estranged father and daughter meeting up after many years of separation then having a strong sexual attraction which then developed quickly into an ongoing sexual relationship.
GSA is not inevitable, but it is common. The term was coined by American Barbara Gonyo. Pregnant at 15 in the mid-1950s, Gonyo was forced to give her son Mitch up for adoption when he was born. The two found each other again around 1980, and Gonyo, then 42, was horrified to realise that she was feeling very attracted to her 26-year-old son. Even allowing for Mitch’s resemblance to his father, Gonyo’s first love, Gonyo’s reaction struck her as extreme and disgusting. Eventually, though, she came to terms with her feelings, attributing them to the lack of bonding in her son’s early childhood. Fortunately, her son did not reciprocate, and they did not pursue a relationship.
It is reported again and again. Genetic sexual attraction – both one-sided and reciprocal – has been known to take hold between reunited siblings, a parent and child, an uncle and niece, and more. Typically the attachment is so strong that the individuals involved are compelled to overlook all else.
In the natural family where children are bonded with their parents and a mutual respect generates between siblings, there is a natural avoidance to romantic relationships which is known as the Westermarck effect (from Finnish anthropologist Edvard Westermarck). It is also known as reverse sexual imprinting – which happens in nature and also the human family.
The idea of the Westermarck effect is that young children will become sexually/romantically desensitised to anyone they live in close contact with over the course of the first few years of their lives. That is, they will reach adulthood with no compulsion to consider a relationship with anyone they shared a home with in their early childhood. Note that crucially, the connection does not have to be biological; according to the theory, it applies just as readily to children adopted at a young age as to those raised by their birth parents.
However, when a child is separated from biological family at an early age, there is no chance for the Westermarck effect to take hold; reunions between biological relatives who were separated much earlier sometimes lead into unforeseen emotional territory.
There is now a push to normalise these relationships even though in most jurisdictions it is illegal. (In Victoria, the maximum penalty for incest is 25 years). However, just as homosexuality has risen from being a criminal offence before the sexual revolution of the 60’s, GSA is quickly becoming a topic for discussion and eventual acceptance if the current push is maintained without resistance.
There are also GSA support forums such as Marriage Equality, experienceproject.com, gsaforums.com and cryokidconfessions.blogspot.com.au
The problem of siblings marrying accidentally is further compounded by science-assisted conception. Some countries have had no limits on the number of children that a single sperm donor can father. In some cases 150 – 400 or more children have been fathered by the one person. It is a serious problem and is further evidence that the natural family stands, as always, as the best model for family well-being.
For a more detailed analysis of the issue, please read the longer research paper:
The longer research paper:
Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) and Family Breakdown
The World Family Declaration is an initiative of the World Congress of Families.
"We the people of many lands and cultures reaffirm the truth enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 and echoed in international treaties2 and many of our national constitutions,3 that “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” Hence the family exists prior to the state and possesses inherent dignity and rights which states are morally bound to respect and protect.
We declare that the family, a universal community based on the marital union of a man and a woman, is the bedrock of society, the strength of our nations, and the hope of humanity. As the ultimate foundation of every civilization known to history,4 the family is the proven bulwark of liberty and the key to development, prosperity, and peace.
by Bill Muehlenberg 2/6/12 Pornography is a social tsunami destroying our societies, ruining our marriages, busting up our families, enslaving our men, and killing our kids. I wish I could say this was just happening outside of the churches. But sadly the Christian world is being just as decimated by this problem as anyone else.
It is vital that all Christians take this challenge seriously, and seek to do all they can to keep free of this addictive smut, and help others to do the same. Fortunately there are many good resources out there to help us with this. There are both Christian and non-Christian books and videos available which we all need to make use of.
The following are some of the better resources out there which discuss the porn plague, document its nefarious effects, and provide practical help on getting free and staying free.
Alcorn, Randy, Christians in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution. IVP, 1985.
Anderson, Neil, A Way of Escape. Monarch, 1994.
Arterburn, Stephen and Fred Stoeker, Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time. WaterBrook Press, 2009.
Challies, Tim, Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn. CreateSpace, 2010.
Chester, Tim, Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free. IVP, 2010.
Court, John, Law, Light and Liberty. Adelaide: Lutheran Publishing House, 1975.
Court, John, Pornography: A Christian Critique. IVP, 1980.
Dixon, Patrick, The Rising Price of Love: The True Cost of the Sexual Revolution. Hodder & Stoughton, 1995.
Hall, Laurie, An Affair of the Mind. Focus on the Family, 1996.
Harris, Joshua, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World. Multnomah, 2005.
Heath, Graham, The Illusory Freedom: The Intellectual Origins and Social Consequences of the Sexual Revolution. William Heinemann, 1978.
Kirk, Randy, A Generation Betrayed: It’s Time To End the Sexual Revolution. Huntington House, 1993.
Laaser, Mark, The Secret Sin: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction. Zondervan, 1992.
Lubben, Shelley, Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn: The Greatest Illusion on Earth. Createspace, 2010.
Marshner, Connie, Decent Exposure: How to Teach Your Children About Sex. Legacy Communications, 1988, 1994.
Minnery, Tom, ed., Pornography: A Human Tragedy. Tyndale House, 1986.
Reisman, Judith, Sexual Sabotage. WND Books, 2010.
Reisman, Judith, “Soft Porn” Plays Hardball. Huntington House Publishers, 1991.
Schaumburg, Harry, False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction. NavPress, 1992, 1997.
Schlafly, Phyllis, ed., Pornography’s Victims. Pere Marquette Press, 1987.
Struthers, William, Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain. IVP, 2010.
White, John, Eros Defiled. IVP, 1977.
White, John, Eros Redeemed. IVP, 1993.
Williams, Nigel, False Images: Telling the Truth About Pornography. Kingsway Publications, 1991.
Wilson-Thomas, Claire and Nigel Williams, Laid Bare: A Path Through the Pornography Maze. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1996.
Dobson, James, Fatal Addiction. Focus on the Family, 1989. 56 minutes.
Dobson, James, Pornography: Addictive, Progressive and Deadly. Focus on the Family, 1994. 47 minutes.
Dines, Gail, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexuality. Beacon Press, 2010.
Layden, Mary Anne, The Social Costs of Pornography: A Statement of Findings and Recommendations. The Witherspoon Institute, 2010.
Lederer, Laura, ed., Take Back the Night: Women on Pornography. William Morrow, 1980.
Levy, Ariel, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. Free Press, 2005.
Paul, Pamela, Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families. Times Books, 2005.
Russell, Diana, Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny and Rape. Sage Publishing, 1998.
Shapiro, Ben, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future. Regnery Publishing, 2005.
Tankard Reist, Melinda and Abigail Bray, eds., Big Porn Inc. Spinifex, 2011.
Also there are ministries devoted to helping those who want to be set free from this. Consider some of the following organisations and their resources:
We need each other to overcome this, and other addictions we struggle with. Get into an accountability group now if you have not already done so. And check out this great Promise Keepers site for more info on accountability groups, and the sorts of questions you should be asking each other:
I have been utterly amazed to discover that a major newspaper recently carried an opinion piece by a Muslim spokesman advocating polygamy in Australia. If a Christian were to write an article suggesting something equally bizarre, it would never see the light of day. Or if it would, the only reason would be for it to be roundly condemned by one and all. But the Melbourne Age evidently thought it was quite alright to actually run with this nonsense, presumably because a Muslim was pushing it.
To be sure, there are all sorts of nutter groups out there promoting polygamy and polyamory at the moment. Simply type the latter term into a search engine, and see the multitude of sites promoting it. There are plenty of groups out there - some seeking to pass themselves off as 'respectable' - calling for the full legalisation and normalisation of polyamory.
Of interest, the very same arguments being used for polyamory (group love and marriage) are the ones being used for same-sex marriage: 'Hey, what's wrong with it if it is consensual, confined to adults, and doesn't hurt anyone?'