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    • Kate (Login kateothelamp)
      Posted Jun 6, 2012 12:57 AM

      Here is an article from the Psychology Department of University of California Davis -- they have a med school here in Northern California.

      "Other researchers have taken different approaches, but have similarly failed to find a connection between homosexuality and child molestation. Dr. Carole Jenny and her colleagues reviewed 352 medical charts, representing all of the sexually abused children seen in the emergency room or child abuse clinic of a Denver children's hospital during a one-year period (from July 1, 1991 to June 30, 1992). The molester was a gay or lesbian adult in fewer than 1% in which an adult molester could be identified only 2 of the 269 cases" (Jenny et al., 1994).

      Dr. A. Nicholas Groth wrote:
      "Are homosexual adults in general sexually attracted to children and are preadolescent children at greater risk of molestation from homosexual adults than from heterosexual adults? There is no reason to believe so. The research to date all points to there being no significant relationship between a homosexual lifestyle and child molestation. There appears to be practically no reportage of sexual molestation of girls by lesbian adults, and the adult male who sexually molests young boys is not likely to be homosexual" (Groth & Gary, 1982, p. 147).

      Dr. Nathaniel McConaghy (1998) similarly cautioned against confusing homosexuality with pedophilia. He noted, "The man who offends against prepubertal or immediately postpubertal boys is typically not sexually interested in older men or in women" (p. 259).


      The site also discusses research that has attempted to draw a link between homosexuality and child molestation, and clearly explains how the studies were flawed. It's not comfortable to read (some of the descriptions of research methods are a bit graphic), but scholarly presented.

      Homosexuality is a gender orientation; the vast majority of homosexuals, just like heterosexuals, experience age-appropriate attractions (i.e. adults are attracted to adults). It is not a mental illness, and it is not a crime.

      Pedophilia is a mental illness, a clinical diagnosis listed in the DSM -- but pedophilic actions are a crime. Pedophilia is a paraphilia, the sexual arousal by objects, situations, or persons that are not part of normative stimulation that may cause distress/problems for the paraphilic individual or persons associated with him/her.

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