Letters to the Editor

Homosexuality doesn't translate to child abuse

A letter to the editor published Oct. 16 supported U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint's recent comments on gay school teachers and referred to homosexuals as predatory.

I recently reviewed the issue of child sexual molestation by homosexuals for a course I am giving on homosexuality for Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head. Phallometric tests (measuring sexual arousal) of teenagers and adult men who molested male children showed them sexually uninterested in adult men, but responsive to adult women. Two peer-reviewed studies of convicted child molesters found that less than 1 percent in one study and zero percent in the other study were lesbian or gay.

To imply that homosexuals are child abusers is narrow-minded and uninformed.

Richard H AndersonHilton Head Island

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