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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 535-541

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

  • Marie E. TomeoAffiliated withCalifornia School of Professional Psychology
  • , Donald I. TemplerAffiliated withCalifornia School of Professional Psychology
  • , Susan AndersonAffiliated withCalifornia School of Professional Psychology
  • , Debra KotlerAffiliated withCalifornia School of Professional Psychology

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Abstract

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 molestation adult sexual orientation female pedophiles