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Arch Sex Behav. 2001 Oct;30(5):535-41.

Comparative data of childhood and adolescence molestation in heterosexual and homosexual persons.

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California School of Professional Psychology, 5130 East Clinton Way, Fresno, California 93727, USA.


In research with 942 nonclinical adult participants, gay men and lesbian women reported a significantly higher rate of childhood molestation than did heterosexual men and women. Forty-six percent of the homosexual men in contrast to 7% of the heterosexual men reported homosexual molestation. Twenty-two percent of lesbian women in contrast to 1% of heterosexual women reported homosexual molestation. This research is apparently the first survey that has reported substantial homosexual molestation of girls. Suggestions for future research were offered.

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