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The Facts About Pedophilia and Homosexuality

  • Pedophilia is the sexual attraction of an adult to a child.
  • Homosexuality is the sexual attraction of an adult to an adult of the same gender.


Here's what the experts say about pedophilia and homosexuality:

"It is ludicrous to identify pedophiles as homosexuals." In over 14 years of Robson's work with pedophiles, 498 out of 500 offenders identified themselves as heterosexual. Stan Robson, Chief Deputy, Benton County Sheriffs Department 1

"In my experience, the majority of people who molest children are heterosexual, if they're anything." Jim McIntyre, Senior Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County 2

"The belief that homosexuals are particularly attracted to children is completely unsupported by our data. The child offenders who engaged in adult relationships as well, were heterosexuals. There were no homosexual adult oriented offenders in our samples who turned to children." A. Nicholas Groth, Ph.D. 3

"The vast majority of offenders are heterosexual men. Male offenders who abuse young boys maintain adult heterosexual relationships. The habitual molester of boys is rarely attracted to adult males." Roland Summit, M.D. 4



1 Sorensen, Inga. Just One More Lie. Just Out, 1991.

2 The Rev. M. Scroggie. Letters to the Editor. The Oregonian, 1991.

3 Director of the Sex Offender Program, Connecticut Department of Corrections, CoDirector of the St. Joseph College Institute for the Treatment and Control of Child Sexual Abuse. (Groth, A. Nicholas & Birnbaum, B. Adult Sexual Orientation and Attraction to Underage Persons. Archives of Sexual Behavio 7:175181, 1978.)

4 Head Physician, Community Consultation Service, Harbor UCLA Medical Center.



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