Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 535–541

Comparative Data of Childhood and Adolescence Molestation in Heterosexual and Homosexual Persons


  • Marie E. Tomeo
    • California School of Professional Psychology
  • Donald I. Templer
    • California School of Professional Psychology
  • Susan Anderson
    • California School of Professional Psychology
  • Debra Kotler
    • California School of Professional Psychology

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010243318426

Cite this article as:
Tomeo, M.E., Templer, D.I., Anderson, S. et al. Arch Sex Behav (2001) 30: 535. doi:10.1023/A:1010243318426


In research with 942 nonclinical adult participants, gay men and lesbian women reported a significantly higher rate of childhood molestation than did heterosexual men and women. Forty-six percent of the homosexual men in contrast to 7% of the heterosexual men reported homosexual molestation. Twenty-two percent of lesbian women in contrast to 1% of heterosexual women reported homosexual molestation. This research is apparently the first survey that has reported substantial homosexual molestation of girls. Suggestions for future research were offered.

childhood molestationadult sexual orientationfemale pedophiles

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