Thursday, March 21, 2013
Homosexual ≠ Pedophile, Child Molester
To quote Dragnet - Let's stick with "Just the facts."
0.23% of homosexuals will sexually assault a child. So why are we treating the other 998/1000 like they are all predators?
1. Pedophile: This is defined by attraction, not behavior.
You can be heterosexual and never have any sexual contact with anyone in your entire life - the same is true of pedophiles. Though they may be attracted, that does not mean they will ever act on that attraction.
- The psychology definition is : Someone 16 years of age or older whose primary or exclusive sexual interest is toward prepubescent children.
- The general public definition: adults who are sexually attracted to kids.
2. Child Molester: Defined by behavior, not attraction.
- Sexual contact between an adult and a child (usually under age 14)
3. Homosexual: Usually defined by attraction, not behavior.
- Someone whose primary or exclusive sexual interest is toward those of the same gender.
Using the HHS statistics for 2011: we see some unexpected facts:
53% of all child molesters were female.
There were 508,849 different perpetrators in 2011.
The US population that year was 311,591,917. (I know that number includes kids, but even so, that means that the percentage of perpetrators per capita was 1.6/1000.)
So in 2011: 0.16% of all Americans were convicted of child molestation.
NOW: Looking at data about sexual orientation of those who molest children:
91% of all Child Molesters are heterosexual. Yes, that means that the majority of men who sexually assault boys are heterosexual. (they're often married as well)
Here's the statistic that would likely get the most press... and also be the most skewed and misunderstood.
- Research shows that homosexuals are 45% more likely to be a child molester than a heterosexual.
Doesn't that sound like a huge increase? Doesn't that confirm and vindicate the fears of all the homophobes out there?
When the likelihood for heterosexual men is about one tenth of one percent, increasing that by 45% isn't much. If a child were with one homosexual adult compared with one heterosexual adult, the likelihood of the child being molested that year would increase by .07%
My point is this: Homosexual does not equal pedophile, nor does it equal child molester.
I am a heterosexual male. I work with the youth groups at my church. I don't see people watching over my shoulder because "He's a heterosexual male and there are young girls near by. He probably has no control over his sexual urges and we should treat him like a predator."
I don't understand why homosexuals should be treated any differently.
I was recently part of the BSA council meeting concerning membership rules - "should homosexuals be allowed to be scouts and scout leaders?
I heard people talking about the risks to the boys, about having to "watch" the homosexual boys and leaders to keep the scouts safe from them. It sounded ridiculous to me.
I have always assumed the reason the Boy Scouts of America does not allow homosexuals to be scouts or scout leaders is not based on RISK. It is based on morals.
After all - they also don't allow anyone who is heterosexual that engages in any sexual act outside of marriage to participate.
If you commit heterosexual adultery or fornication - you also won't be allowed to be a scout or scout leader.
It's about morals. It's about purity. It's about a standard.
It's not about labeling homosexuals as pedophiles or sexual predators.
I support the BSA and it's stance. I am proud of them for having a moral code and standing by it.
I do not support those who would use that moral standard as a weapon to insult and demean homosexuals as predators. I have fine friends and family members who are homosexual. I would trust them to take great care of my own kids on a camping trip, etc...
I hope this has helped clear up confusion, and made you think, at least for a moment, about how you view others.
If I have offended anyone, I apologize.