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

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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.

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Tomeo, M.E., Templer, D.I., Anderson, S. et al. Comparative Data of Childhood and Adolescence Molestation in Heterosexual and Homosexual Persons. Arch Sex Behav 30, 535–541 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1010243318426

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  • childhood molestation
  • adult sexual orientation
  • female pedophiles