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Gay Male Teachers Most Likely to Abuse Students?

John on October 16, 2007 at 12:48 am

That’s the result of a survey of news stories from around the world. I add the question mark only because the numbers are so shocking I find them hard to believe:

In news stories in English across the world for 1980-2006, 902 teachers engaged in sex with 3,457 pupils. Teachers engaging in same-sex sex constituted 63% of perpetrators in Ireland, 62% in New Zealand, 60% in Canada, 54% in Scotland, 48% in Australia, 47% in England, and 35% in the U.S.

Mamoud Ahmedinejad aside, best estimates are that homosexuals make up around 2% of the population. So if 2% of the population is initiating 35%-63% of cases of sex between teachers and students, gays are either being caught at vastly disproportionate rates or, more likey, are initiating sex with students far more often. If we take the numbers at face value, the rate would be something like 40-50 times the rate of heterosexual initiated student relationships.

This is not the only evidence of such a predilection for the young and vulnerable among gay men. I noted another study last year which found similarly disproportionate numbers in the case of foster parent abuse. At some point, it begins to look like a trend.

Of course there is another notorious dot along that line. If these numbers are anywhere near correct, they throw significant light on the Catholic church sex scandal. In that case, a similarly disproportionate number of the cases involved male priests abusing boys. And as with the survey above, most of the boys were not the very young but junior high and older.

For the record, I have no desire to see gays discriminated against unfairly or persecuted. I don’t wish any ill upon gay men or women. But let’s face it, this is a hot button issue. Some people no doubt consider even discussing it tantamount to racism or something worse. I can’t help that.

Perhaps the numbers (or the researchers) lie. But unless they do, there appears to be a serious issue here which I suspect many in our culture would be only too happy to ignore. We can not afford to turn a blind eye where the lives of young people are concerned. I know a man who was abused by a male priest as a boy. I can say without hesitation that it has shattered his life. No amount of sympathy for gays can make that kind of abuse tolerable.

If we refuse to face facts, we may be replicating the horrendous errors of the Catholic Church on a culture-wide basis. In fact, there is some evidence we already are doing just that.

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