Are Proportionally More Incidents of Child Sexual Abuse Perpetrated by Gays and Lesbians than by Heterosexuals?

PRO (yes)

Timothy J. Dailey, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Marriage and Family Studies of the Family Research Council, wrote in his 2004 article, "Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse":

"The circle of abuse is the tragic legacy of the attempts by homosexuals to legitimize having sex with boys... Individuals from the 1 to 3 percent of the population that is sexually attracted to the same sex are committing up to one-third of the sex crimes against children...

The evidence indicates that homosexual men molest boys at rates grossly disproportionate to the rates at which heterosexual men molest girls. To demonstrate this it is necessary to connect several statistics related to the problem of child sex abuse:
  1. men are almost always the perpetrator;
  2. up to one-third or more of the child sex abuse cases are committed against boys;
  3. less than three percent of the population are homosexuals.
Thus, a tiny percentage of the population [homosexual men], commit one-third or more of the cases of child sexual molestation."

2004 - Timothy J. Dailey, PhD 

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, stated in an Oct. 3, 2006 article in, "Conservative Group Examines 'Real Issue' in Foley Case," by Susan Jones, Senior Editor:

"While pro-homosexual activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two.

Although almost all child molesters are male and less than 3 percent of men are homosexual, about a third of all child sex abuse cases involve men molesting boys -- and in one study, 86% of such men identified themselves as homosexual or bisexual."

Oct. 3, 2006 - Tony Perkins 

The Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) stated in its undated report "Exposed: Homosexual Child Molesters" on its website (accessed Oct. 11, 2007):

"Homosexual activists routinely claim that most child molesters are 'heterosexual' males, thus shifting the focus away from their own very high rates of molestation. Since 98-99% of the population is heterosexual, it is technically correct to say that most molestations are done by heterosexuals. However, statistics indicate that homosexuals pose a far more serious threat to children than do heterosexuals...

For example: In 1987... a ten-state study of sex abuse cases involving school teachers [found that] 32 percent of those child molestation cases involved homosexuals. Nearly a third of these cases come from only 1-2% of the population."

[Note: The above TRV report and the study cited defines anyone who has a sexual relation with a member of their same sex as a homosexual. Other studies and comments cited may define individuals as heterosexual if their primary sexual attraction is toward the opposite sex, even if they have occasional sexual relations with or molest a member of their same sex.]

Oct. 11, 2007 - Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) 
Exposed: Homosexual Child Molesters (217 KB)  

Louis P. Sheldon, MDiv, Chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, wrote in his June 3, 2002 article "Gay Lobby Scrambles to Hide Truth About Child Molestation," published by Insight on the News magazine:

"It is convenient for sodomy advocates to blame a 'culture of secrecy' on the molestation of hundreds of boys at the hands of homosexual priests, but the truth is obvious to any rational person: A man who molests a preteen or teenage boy is engaging in homosexual behavior. To say that he is a 'pedophile' and not a homosexual is thoroughly dishonest.

If members of the media wish to cover this story accurately, they should stop using the term 'pedophile' to describe priests who molest teen-agers, because 'pedophile' (in legal and clinical terms) refers to a person who is fixated on having sexual relations with boys or girls younger than 13 years old. A pedophile priest is engaging in homosexual behavior just as a priest who sodomizes a teen-age boy is engaged in homosexual assault. You can't separate homosexuality from the horrid conduct of these priests."

June 3, 2003 - Louis P. Sheldon, MDiv 

Gerald Naus, who blogs under the name Gerald Augustinus on his blog "The Cafeteria Is Closed," posted the following on Jan. 27, 2006:

"Not all gays molest adolescent males. But (next to) all adolescents molested were males. Therefore, it is a homosexual issue. It is also not really pedophilia, but rather the quite common homosexual desire for young men taken to a more extreme level (not illegal in most EU countries though, where the age of consent is usually 14, sometimes 12). Youth is the most important draw in the gay community."

Jan. 27, 2006 - Gerald Naus 

CON (no)

Sean Cahill, PhD, and Kenneth T. Jones, MS, Research Directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, reported in their 2004 article "Child Sexual Abuse and Homosexuality," published by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

"Because most child molesters are men, (90%), some have argued that 'homosexual' child abuse is widespread and that homosexuals abuse children at a rate higher than their proportion of the general population, which is somewhere around 3 to 8 percent of the population. Such claims are based on the false belief that men who sexually abuse boys are homosexual. In fact, the overwhelming majority of men who sexually abuse children live their lives as heterosexual men...

In fact, gays and lesbians may be less likely than heterosexuals to sexually abuse children. Two studies that examined the sexual orientation of child molesters found that less than one percent, in one study, and zero percent in the other, were lesbian or gay...

Social science research does not support the claim that gay men and lesbians are more likely, or even as likely, than straight men or women to sexually abuse children. Child sexual abuse has little to do with sexual orientation."

2004 - Sean Cahill, PhD 
Kenneth T. Jones, MS 

The American Psychological Association stated in its 2001 website article "Understanding Child Sexual Abuse: Education, Prevention, and Recovery":

"Studies on who commits child sexual abuse vary in their findings, but the most common finding is that the majority of sexual offenders are family members or are otherwise known to the child. Sexual abuse by strangers is not nearly as common as sexual abuse by family members.

Research further shows that men perpetrate most instances of sexual abuse, but there are cases in which women are the offenders.

Despite a common myth, homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are."

2001 - American Psychological Association 

Ray Blanchard, PhD, Head of Clinical Sexology Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in his Oct. 2000 article "Fraternal Birth Order and Sexual Orientation in Pedophiles," in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, wrote:

"Ordinary (teleiophilic) homosexual men are no more likely to molest boys than ordinary (teleiophilic) heterosexual men are to molest girls."

Oct. 2000 - Ray Blanchard, PhD 

Carole Jenny, MD, Head of the Division of Child Maltreatment at Brown University, wrote in a 1994 Pediatrics article titled "Are Children at Risk for Sexual Abuse by Homosexuals?":

"In 82% of cases, the alleged offender was a heterosexual partner of a close relative of the child. Using the data from our study, the 95% confidence limits, of the risk children would identify recognizably homosexual adults as the potential abuser, are from 0% to 3.1%...

[A] child's risk of being molested by his or her relative's heterosexual partner is 100 times greater than by someone who might be identified as a homosexual.

The children in the group studied were unlikely to have been molested by identifiably gay or lesbian people."

1994 - Carole Jenny, MD, MBA 

M. Thomas Shaw, III, MDiv, Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and Roy F. "Bud" Cederholm, Jr., MDiv, Suffragan Bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, wrote in their Dec. 10, 2002 Boston Globe article "Affirming Gay and Lesbian Priests":

"Suggestions that gays molest children lead to homophobia and create a dangerous atmosphere in which hate crimes flourish. They are irresponsible.

Numerous studies have shown that there is no link between pedophilia and gay sexual orientation... It is simply wrong to conclude that one's sexual orientation is the cause of child abuse.

Mental health professional agree that pedophilia is a disease. Homosexuality is not. None of what makes homosexuality a normal variation of human sexuality applies to pedophilia."

Dec. 10, 2002 - Roy F. "Bud" Cederholm, Jr., MDiv 
M. Thomas Shaw, III, MDiv 

Ryan Grant Long, an artist who monitors the Wikipedia LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) watch list, wrote the following on the acceptance and posting of Wikipedia articles (accessed Oct. 9, 2007):

"[W]e might mention that many homophobes assume gays molest children, and I could easily find a quote from a prominent public figure or organization that has asserted this.

Then we present the statistical data on that, which reveals that gays don't molest children any more frequently than straights. And now the article contains both viewpoints, appropriately labeled as opinion and reputable evidence respectively, and fair-minded people can decide what their own personal beliefs should be about the topic."

Oct. 9, 2007 - Ryan Grant Long