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BOY SCOUTS: No link between homosexualty and sex abuse

Letter by Deborah Jordan, Tacoma / The News Tribune on April 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm with 5 Comments »
April 28, 2010 3:22 pm

Molesting children? Do you think of Boy Scout leaders, maybe priests? Their organizations spend a lot of money defending indefensible behaviors perpetrated by men who sexually abuse children.

Inevitably, people talk about homosexuality, worse homosexual molestation (vs. heterosexual molestation?) as if there is link between homosexuality and sexual abuse or rape. There isn’t. It doesn’t exist. We all have our faults, gay men included, but gay men are not, by and large, molesters.

Perhaps this insistent attempt to portray molestation as a gay issue is an attempt to understand hideous abuse by assigning it to the gay world, rather than acknowledging that it is a threat that exists everywhere, most often perpetrated by straight men who abuse little boys and little girls.

Yes, straight men abuse boys. It is an act of violence, not a reflection of sexual orientation.

Or perhaps the continual gay reference is a deliberate verbal assault toward a group of people who don’t deserve it. If that is the case, it is willfully cruel and influences people who may not pause to question what they read. And then they repeat it to others who also may not think carefully. So that critical and discriminatory beliefs unnecessarily grow. That is the spreading of hatred.

The language of hatred is simply not good and leads us away from solving the problem – the protection of children from seemingly upstanding male leaders.

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  1. Oh wonderful…..the TNT has changed their format again…..

    The point is this: The BSA and the RCC both allowed KNOWN molesters to continue to have access to children and covered-up the fact that they KNEW that they had molesters in their organization.

  2. Boy Scouts just paid an 18 million dollar fine for tangible damages visited upon a young man by a homosexual encounter twenty years in the past.

    Apparently BSA knew this molestation was occurring and did nothing about it. Isnt BSA constantly in hot water for its attempts to keep homosexuals out of the organization?

    Go figure . . .

  3. child rape is not a “homosexual encounter” nanook.

    The BSA kept “perversion files” of pedophiles and, even though they got rid of homosexuals, agnostic, and atheists, they kept the pedophiles.

    That’s the problem. And anyone who isn’t hung up on homosexuality can see it.

  4. many child molesters don’t really have an adult sexual orientation. They have never developed the capacity for mature sexual relationships with other adults, either men or women. Instead, their sexual attractions focus on children – boys, girls, or children of both sexes.

    http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_molestation.html

  5. Parkland says:

    This is why the Boy Scouts wanted to keep homosexuals out of their organization. Everyone who has ever advocated otherwise should be imprisoned for life.

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