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Counselors for Social Justice - Intersex Resolution

Resolution to Protect Intersex Children from Unwanted Surgery, Secrecy and Shame


Move to adopt the following Resolution to Protect Intersex Children from Unwanted Surgery, Secrecy and Shame:


- WHEREAS, Common estimates are that at least one in every 2000 children is born with notably atypical sex anatomy; and


- WHEREAS, Before they are old enough to provide informed consent, intersex children are frequently subjected to invasive surgical and hormonal procedures to make their bodies more closely approximate what doctors consider “normal”; and


- WHEREAS, These children are frequently subjected to medically unnecessary display by medical professionals; and


- WHEREAS, Parents of intersex children are seldom provided with the full and accurate information about the child’s condition and risks involved in these procedures necessary to make an informed decision nor with referrals to supportive information and resources; and


- WHEREAS, Intersex children and adults are frequently not given full and accurate information about their own condition and medical history; and


- WHEREAS, Many intersex people grow up feeling hurt, isolated and ashamed due to these violations of their bodily integrity and their systematic erasure; and


- WHEREAS, In recent years many intersex people have come forth to report that these medical interventions have been the source of physical, emotional, and sexual harm;


- THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the American Counseling Association supports the rights of children too young to consent to be protected from unnecessary medical displays and from medical procedures including surgical and hormonal interventions which influence the sexual appearance of their bodies; and


- BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Counseling Association supports the rights of people old enough to make an informed choice to elect or refuse medical procedures including surgical and hormonal interventions which influence the sexual appearance and/or functioning of their bodies; and


- BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Counseling Association supports intersex advocacy groups in their struggle to end secrecy, shame and unwanted genital surgeries on children except in cases where there are genuine health reasons requiring medical intervention; and


- BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That the American Counseling Association urges the medical community to work collaboratively with patient advocacy groups to establish and adopt a patient-centered treatment protocol under which full and accurate information is disclosed to patients and/or their parents and under which patients and/or their parents are offered comprehensive and supportive resources and information, including referrals to qualified counselors and support groups.


Human Rights Committee Passed

Passed by ACA Gov Council. April 1, 2004

 

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Intersex Society of North America - Defining Intersex


“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY....

The American Association for Klinefelter Syndrome


(AAKSIS) is a national volunteer association with the mission of education, support, research, and understanding of 47 XXY and its variants, collectively known as Klinefelter syndrome. AAKSIS is dedicated to bringing you accurate and current information about Klinefelter Syndrome and is a network for individuals, families, and anyone interesting in learning more about Klinefelter Syndrome. Klinefelter Syndrome, 47XXY, the most common of the sex chromosome variations, is said to occur in 1 out of 500 males. Statistics suggest that there are thousands of 47XXY individuals in the United States alone. Many remain undiagnosed....

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Education Network


(AAKSIS) is a national volunteer association with the mission of education, support, research, and understanding of 47 XXY and its variants, collectively known as Klinefelter syndrome. AAKSIS is dedicated to bringing you accurate and current information about Klinefelter Syndrome and is a network for individuals, families, and anyone interesting in learning more about Klinefelter Syndrome. Klinefelter Syndrome, 47XXY, the most common of the sex chromosome variations, is said to occur in 1 out of 500 males. Statistics suggest that there are thousands of 47XXY individuals in the United States alone. Many remain undiagnosed....

The Turner Syndrome Society of the United States


The Turner Syndrome Society of the United States (TSSUS) is a national non-profit 501 (c) (3) EIN# 41-1596910 organization that provides health-related resources to patients, families and physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of Turner syndrome. There are chapters and support groups located throughout the country. TSSUS holds an annual conference with speakers from a variety of professions including medical experts, social workers, educators and psychologists. These meetings provide an opportunity to exchange information on many topics of interest to TS patients of all ages....
 

APA - Answers to Questions About Intersex Conditions


Intersex was originally a medical term that was later embraced by some intersex persons. Many experts and persons with intersex conditions have recently recommended adopting the term disorders of sex development (DSD). They feel that this term is more accurate and less stigmatizing than the term intersex. A variety of conditions that lead to atypical development of physical sex characteristics are collectively referred to as intersex conditions. These conditions can involve abnormalities of the external genitals, internal reproductive organs, sex chromosomes, or sex-related hormones...

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Research Foundation


(AAKSIS) is a national volunteer association with the mission of education, support, research, and understanding of 47 XXY and its variants, collectively known as Klinefelter syndrome. AAKSIS is dedicated to bringing you accurate and current information about Klinefelter Syndrome and is a network for individuals, families, and anyone interesting in learning more about Klinefelter Syndrome. Klinefelter Syndrome, 47XXY, the most common of the sex chromosome variations, is said to occur in 1 out of 500 males. Statistics suggest that there are thousands of 47XXY individuals in the United States alone. Many remain undiagnosed....

Hypospadias & Epispadias Association, Inc.


Did you know that 1 of every 125 males born in the US has hypospadias? If you consider all children born with a difference of sex development (DSD), the incidence is about 1 in 100.  Epispadias in males is much less common than hypospadias in males. Female epispadias is even less common and female hypospadias is very rare. However, like male hypospadias, these conditions are kept secret because people don't talk about congenital differences of the penis, vagina, urethra, or bladder. Secrecy is almost always associated with emotional problems....

Intersex Conditions Four Categories


Intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries). The older term for this condition, hermaphroditism, came from joining the names of a Greek god and goddess, Hermes and Aphrodite. Hermes was a god of male sexuality (among other things) and Aphrodite a goddess of female sexuality, love, and beauty. Although the older terms are still included in this article for reference, they have been replaced by most experts (and patients and families) because they are misleading, confusing, and insensitive. Increasingly this group of conditions is being called disorders of sex development (DSDs)....

Intersex Conditions Four Categories

November 8 is international Intersex Awareness Day
 
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