LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–A social researcher who has studied sexual
behavior for 24 years believes the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
has sound reasons for maintaining its prohibition against gay
A homosexual cannot automatically be considered a child
molester, said Judith Reisman, president of the Institute for
Media Education in suburban Louisville, Ky.
But with 17-24 percent of boys being abused by age 18, nearly as
many as the 25 percent of girls, there is cause for concern, she
Since heterosexuals outnumber the homosexual population about 44
to 1, as a group the incidence of homosexuals molesting children
is up to 40 times greater than heterosexuals, she said.
“You’re looking at a much higher rate of abuse,” said Reisman, a
former university research professor who recently completed a
study titled, “Crafting Gay Children.” “The Department of
Justice just released data and the rate of abuse are off the
BSA’s policy has been the subject of constant attacks from gay
activists, who have convinced a number of school boards to oust
the Scouts from board property.
In a story that aired Apr. 1 on CBS, “60 Minutes” also
questioned its validity. After California congressman Dana
Rohrabacher called the prohibition common sense, reporter Lesley
Stahl remarked that common sense turns out to be a myth.
According to the FBI and several clinical studies published in
reputable journals, gay men aren’t more likely to sexually abuse
boys, she said.
“In fact, the largest database of child molesters in the country
shows that those who molest boys are over three times more
likely to be heterosexual in their adult relationships than
homosexual,” she said.
But Reisman points to figures from a 1991 population study by
the U.S. Department of Commerce.
It showed that 8 million girls were abused by age 18 by
heterosexual men, a ratio of 1 victim to 11 adult men. However,
6-8 million boys were abused by age 18 by 1-2 million adult
homosexuals, a ratio of 3-5 victims for every gay adult.
Questioned about Reisman’s claims, CBS stuck by its story.
Spokesman Kevin Tedesco said “60 Minutes” staffers spoke with
leading sources of information on child molestation, including
the FBI, American Psychological Association and several clinical
The database was assembled by psychologist Dr. Gene Able,
director of the Behavioral Sciences Institute in Atlanta, he
However, Reisman also cites a past study by Able to bolster her
contention that BSA has reason to fear admitting homosexuals to
the scoutmaster ranks. It found that 150 boys are abused by one
male homosexual offender, compared to 19.8 girls by heterosexual
In a study published in 1987 in the Journal of Interpersonal
Violence, Able said homosexuals sexually molest young boys with
an incidence five times greater than the molestation of girls.
(Calls to Able seeking further comment were not returned.)
“We looked at the leading gay travel guide,” Reisman said of her
research. “Forty-seven percent of the 139 nations they talked
about identified places to find boys. The average heterosexual
travel guide is not concerned with finding children.”
Crime statistics also pose concerns. Figures released last
summer by the Justice Department reveal that adults are not the
primary victims of sexual assault, she said.
They showed that 67 percent of all reported sex abuse victims
are children and 64 percent of forcible sodomy victims are boys
Two analysts with Washington-based, pro-family organizations
agree that homosexuals pose a greater risk to boys.
Tim Daily of the Family Research Council questioned “60 Minutes”
claim that adults who molest boys can even be called
“I guess you determine someone’s sexual orientation by their
relationships,” said Dailey, who wrote a paper on pedophilia in
the fall of 1999.
“If a man is married and has sexual relations with boys, he’s
obviously a combination. To say he’s heterosexual is an outrage.
Overall he’s a pedophile. Whether you call it omni-sexual or pan-
sexual, he’s indiscriminate…in relationships.”
“Who cares if a guy is married?” echoed Peter LaBarbera, senior
policy analyst for the Culture and Policy Institute, a division
of Concerned Women of America. “If he’s into molesting boys,
that’s homosexual behavior. It’s academic nonsense to talk about
these people as heterosexuals.”
Editor of the monthly Lambda Report, LaBarbera has been
following the homosexual movement for a decade. He said it is
disproportionately involved in pedophilia, as shown by the large
number of males among sexual abuse victims.
“The homosexual movement is shameless,” he said. “Gay activists
are the ones who are trying to bring down (the Boy Scouts), a
venerated institution which has very little to do with
sexuality. They’re making it seem those who are against
homosexuals are the problem.”
Among the reasons Dailey cited for being concerned about the
potential for homosexual molestation of boys:
— Almost all sex crimes against children are committed by men
and significant numbers of victims are males. In 1996, the
journal Adolescence reported several studies indicate that up to
one-third of all sex crimes against children are committed
— Even homosexual activists don’t try to hide the connection
with pedophilia. In The Gay Report — a book published back in
1979 — authors Karla Jay and Allen Young found that 73 percent
of those surveyed had had sexual relations with males 16 to 19
— A 1999 article in the Journal of Homosexuality by Helmut
Graupner argued that same-sex relations with minors should be
considered a gay rights issue. The article argued that children
wouldn’t necessarily be harmed by sexual contact with adults.
This debate flared up in New Jersey when a column by Toni Meyer,
senior research analyst with the New Jersey Family Policy
Council, appeared in several newspapers around the state.
Citing Reisman’s research, she wrote, “We must speak up in
support of the Boy Scouts to our community leaders and not allow
them to be unfairly and unethically pressured to go against
“To allow them to be denied the support they need or public
privileges they are entitled because of that stance would be a
total disservice to, and a potentially dangerous decision, for
society and our local communities.”
That brought an angry response from New York’s Glennda Testone,
northern regional media manager for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation (GLAAD).
“The incorrect stereotype of the gay man as a pedophile is one
that has been medically and scientifically debunked,” she said.
“Heterosexual men were responsible for 74 percent of assaults on
male victims and 77 percent of assaults on female victims,
according to an American Academy of Pediatrics study (July
However, Meyer says those statistics only prove her point — a
small number of the population is responsible for 26 percent of
the assaults on boys.
“She overlooks there are a lot more heterosexuals than
homosexuals,” Meyer told Baptist Press. “People don’t
understand. You have to balance these numbers by overall
population to see there’s a greater incidence of abuse by gay