In a study of 229 convicted child molesters in Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers found that 86 percent of sexual offenders against young male children and teens “described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.” Despite comprising only about three percent of the total population, homosexual pedophiles commit almost one-third of all sex offenses against children. The American Psychological Association is now attempting to remove pedophelia from the list of psycholocal disorders, just like they did in the 70s with homosexuallity.
They believe if the perpetrator is not upset by their own behavior and has no problem with it, it should not be called a disorder. Well I have a big problem with a pedophile who rapes and abuses little children, whether they view their behavior as normal or not. I believe the statistics show that the children who are raped and abused would take issue with this as well. Pedophiles are not normal, neither are homosexuals. Almost every homosexual or lesbian I know became one as a result of some form of childhood sexual abuse, or domestic violence.
Male children who experience their first sexual encounter with an older male will certainly question their own sexuality. Females who are abused by men may certainly seek comfort in another woman’s arms. But these are normal reactions to abnormal behavior. What we do when we are under extreme stress from abuse is not what we would do under normal circumstances. In Victor Frankel’s Book Man’s Search for Meaning, he describes the horrors of the holocaust and the odd behaviors of those who were subjected to that torture. He showed how abuse and duress can make people do strange things, though it may be a normal reaction to an abnormal behavior.
So as we think about the issues of homosexuality and pedophilia, we can see how their reaction to the abnormal behavior of their abusers may seem to them as normal behavior. When they adopt these lifestyles as permanent and normal behavior, then they go on to initiate others into their abnormal behaviors, and often their victims are young children. And the cycle is perpetuated.
What we as Christians should do, is to try to show them that though their behavior may seem normal to them, it is a reaction to the abnormal behavior of another. So the behavior, which may seem normal to them, is in fact an abnormal behavior. We must not be mean and unloving to them, but do our best to show them this truth, and the truth of God’s word, which clearly states that these behaviors are abnormal and wrong. We must show love and not hatred to these kinds of people, including pedophiles who are struggling with their condition and want to stop their behavior. But we must also abide by the law and the law states that
abuse of a child, when known or suspected, must be reported. If it is not, the behavior goes unaddressed and more victims are created in the process. Silence makes more violence.
Two landmark Cases of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Israel Pedophile Ring Abuses over 70 Children (gofishministries.wordpress.com)