Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The truth about child sexual abuse and homosexuality – October 2006 - National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

What the social science research has found
In fact, any alleged link between pedophilia and homosexuality is completely unfounded. A 1998 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes one study that found that 90 percent of pedophiles are men and that 98 percent of these individuals are heterosexual.5 Michael Stevenson, Ph.D., a psychologist at Ball State University, explains this statistic by noting that “gay men desire consensual sexual relations with other adult men. Pedophiles are usually adult men who are sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children. They are rarely sexually attracted to other adults.”6 Stevenson also observes that cases of pedophilia by adult lesbians are “almost non-existent.”7

About four in five cases of child sexual abuse reported to child protection authorities involve a girl who has been abused. But because sexual abuse of boys is less likely to be reported, it is estimated that one-quarter to one-third of all sexually abused children are boys, while two-thirds to three-quarters are girls.8 Because most child molesters (90 percent) are men, anti-gay organizations such as FRC have argued that “homosexual” child abuse is widespread and that homosexuals abuse children at a rate higher than their proportion of the population, which is somewhere around three to seven percent of the population. Such claims are based on the false belief that men who sexually abuse boys are homosexual. In fact, peer-reviewed research has consistently found that the overwhelming majority of men who sexually abuse children live their lives as heterosexual men.

For example, two peer-reviewed studies of convicted child molesters, published in Pediatrics and Archives of Sexual Behavior respectively, found that less than one percent in one study and zero percent in the other were lesbian or gay.

The first involved a review of 352 medical records of children evaluated for sexual abuse during a 12-month period at a Denver children’s hospital. It found that less than one percent had been abused by a gay man or a lesbian. Of 269 adult perpetrators of child abuse identified among the 352 cases of abuse, only two were gay or lesbian. The vast majority of the children in the study (82 percent) “were suspected of being abused by a man or a woman who was, or had been, in a heterosexual relationship with a relative of the child.” Lastly, the review concluded that in this sample, “a child’s risk of being molested by his or her relative’s heterosexual partner is over 100 times greater than [the risk of being molested] by someone who might be identifiable as being homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual.”9

In the other study of convicted male child molesters in Massachusetts, none of the 175 men were found to be exclusively or primary attracted to other adult men.10

Child sexual abuse is not caused by, nor is it intrinsically linked to, homosexuality. The peer-reviewed social science research on this topic shows that gay men and lesbians are not more likely than heterosexuals to engage in child sexual abuse. In fact, they may be less likely. Activists and politicians who say otherwise are simply appealing to ignorance and fear to mobilize anti-gay bias for political gain.

About the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge. Our Web site is www.theTaskForce.org.
October, 2006

Read complete research report - National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Related links:

Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation,
Dr. Gregory Herek, 
University of California at Davis 
& Yale University & 
City University of New York

It's Not About Homosexuality: Blaming the Wrong People for the Sexual Abuse Crisis
by Rev. James Martin, S.J. – The Huffington Post

Galileo & Benedict XVI & Homosexuality & Natural Law – read more

Family Acceptance Project™ - Reducing Risk and Promoting Well-Being for LGBT Youth - The Critical Role of Family Support

What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality. "Interpreting the Bible" Daniel Helminiak, STL, PhD.

Victims slam 'blame-shifting' Vatican
AFP - The Sydney Morning Herald –
smh.com.au – read more

Gay priests are not paedophiles
by Austen Ivereigh – guardian.co.uk 

Professor's view: Witch hunt for gay priests off base when target should be child abusers
By: Iver Bogen, University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth News Tribune – read more

New Catholic Sex Abuse Findings: Gay Priests Are Not the Problem
by DAVID GIBSON – Politics Daily - November 18, 2009 

Tony Blair tells the Pope: you're wrong on homosexuality
April 8, 2009 – Times Online – read more

France Condemns Vatican for Blaming Abuse on Gay Priests
Voice of America – read more

"(How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?"
research by
Judith Stacey and Timothy Biblarz

“Ratzinger, Hurley, Maida & Accomplices - Kids Are Being Hurt!!! (Sequential Order of Reactions)” *** Homeless in Canton, Michigan, USA *** Fr. Marty Kurylowicz – I’m Not The Only Victim *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* Holocaust Similarities - Child Sexual Abuse Kept Secret For Decades Out Of Public View

RC hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage & criminal charges - falsely accused gay priests WATERGATE?

Who Can Mock This Church?
By Nicholas D. Kristof – The New York Times

Hurricane Katrina - Nancy Pelosi - Washington, DC – 2005
Accountability Benedict XVI Child Sexual Abuse

Happy Easter! 2010 - Sad Easter! -
 Benedict XVI - Cover-ups – 
Defense Orchestration – 
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT–>Nixon is a Crook!!! 
 Fr. Marty Kurylowicz ->Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

Ignorance about human sexuality is harmful to children.

“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson
…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

Protect children and the entire world will be safe.

Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children.
Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

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