Sexual orientation is an adult attraction to other adults, About.com adoption expert Carrie Craft explains. Pedophilia is an adult sexual attraction to children.
According to Craft, "Studies show that a large portion of child abuse occurs at the hand of a heterosexual man." The Child Welfare Information Gateway (previously National Adoption Information Clearinghouse) also states: "A child's risk of being molested by his or her relatives' heterosexual partner is over one hundred times greater than by someone who might be identifiable as being homosexual."
The American Psychological Association agrees, breaking the link between gay men and molestation: "Another myth about homosexuality is the mistaken belief that gay men have more of a tendency than heterosexual men to sexually molest children. There is no evidence to suggest that homosexuals molest children," the agency reports.
Discuss the Myth:
Gay Life forum members talk about gay priests and the church abuse scandal.