References and quotes from books and from academia

Section 6:
References and quotes from books and from academia

From "Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches", by Carolyn Holderread Heggen, Herald Press, Scotdale, PA, 1993 p. 73:

    "A disturbing fact continues to surface in sex abuse research. The
    first best predictor of abuse is alcohol or drug addiction in the
    father. But the second best predictor is conservative religiosity,
    accompanied by parental belief in traditional male-female roles.
    This means that if you want to know which children are most likely
    to be sexually abused by their father, the second most significant
    clue is whether or not the parents belong to a conservative
    religious group with traditional role beliefs and rigid sexual
    attitudes. (Brown and Bohn, 1989; Finkelhor, 1986; Fortune, 1983;
    Goldstein et al, 1973; Van Leeuwen, 1990). (emphasis in original)


For those requesting information on the incidence of child molestation among homosexuals vs. heterosexuals, etc. : Gregory Herek reviews some of the literature on this issue in "Stigma, Prejudice, and violence against Lesbians and Gay Men" (pp. 60-80 in John Gonsiorek and James Weinrich (eds) "Homosexuality: Researcyh Implications for Public Policy" Sage Publications, 1992). Herek says:

"Since 1978, no credible new data have been published that contradict the conclusions" of research completed by the following studies:

According to Herek, Newton's review concluded that "gay men are no more likely than heterosexual men to molest children." In Groth &qmp; Birnbaum's study of 175 adult males convicted in Massachusetts of sexual assault against a child, "none had an exclusively homosexual adult sexual orientation."

40% in their study were classified as heterosexual, 13% as bisexual, 47% as "fixated" (had not developed an adult sexual orientation), and none were "primarily sexually attracted to other adult males." (Groth & Birnbaum's words).

The least credible document is Paul Cameron's (the homophobe whose membership in the American Psychological Association was revoked and who was denounced by the American Sociological Association for misusing social science data and methods) "Child Molestation and Homosexuality" (Psychological Reports, 58, 1986, pp. 327-337) -- based on data from a door-to-door survey in 7 cities in which Cameron assumes that all male-to-male sexual assaults are homosexual, without any data supporting the sexual orientation of the perpetrators, and with very problematic sampling methods. See Herek's article for more details of this one.

Cameron, alas, is often used to testify and appear on talk shows arguing that gays are child molestors, despite having his credentials and expertise devalued by the major academic professional associations.


Hope this is helpful for those looking for this information. Peter Nardi, Sociology Dept, Pitzer College, the Claremont Colleges (CA)


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