Comparative Data of Childhood and Adolescence Molestation in Heterosexual and Homosexual Persons
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- Tomeo, M.E., Templer, D.I., Anderson, S. et al. Arch Sex Behav (2001) 30: 535. doi:10.1023/A:1010243318426
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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.