By: John Oliver Re: Sexual Abuse of Children Hello ALL, Rgds, exuality,alt.recovery.cathol

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By: John Oliver Re: Sexual Abuse of Children Hello ALL, Rgds, From: atavist@teleport.com (Scribe Ortho-Priapulus MetaQuincunx) Newsgroups: alt.religion.secular.atavism,alt.atheism,sci.skeptic,alt.religion.s exuality,alt.recovery.catholicism,talk.religion.misc Subject: Religion/sex abuse link proven Date: 4 Oct 1994 16:52:01 -0700 From "Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches", by Carolyn Holderread Heggen, Herald Press, Scotdale, PA, 1993 p. 73: "A disturbing fact continues to surface in sex abuse research. The first best predictor of abuse is alcohol or drug addiction in the father. But the second best predictor is conservative religiosity, accompanied by parental belief in traditional male-female roles. This means that if you want to know which children are most likely to be sexually abused by their father, the second most significant clue is *whether or not the parents belong to a conservative religious group with traditional role beliefs and rigid sexual attitudes*. (Brown and Bohn, 1989; Finkelhor, 1986; Fortune, 1983; Goldstein et al, 1973; Van Leeuwen, 1990). (emphasis in original) References: Brown, J.C and C.R. Bohn (eds) 1989 "Christianity, Patriarchy, and Abuse" New York, Pilgrim Press. Finkelhor, D. 1986. A Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. Fortune, M.M. 1983. Sexual Violence: The Unmentionable Sin. New York, Pilgrim Press. Goldstein, M.J, et al 1973. Pornography and Sexual Deviance. Los Angeles, University of California Press. Van Leeuwen, M.S. 1990. Gender and Grace: Love, Work, and Parenting in a Changing World. Downers Grove, Il. InterVarsity Press. _________________________________________________________________ From From: crew@cobra.uni.edu Newsgroups: alt.atheism,sci.skeptic,alt.religion.sexuality, alt.recovery.catholicism,talk.religion.misc Subject: Re: Religion/sex abuse link proven Date: 5 Oct 94 20:38:35 -0500 I checked one of the sources mentioned in the original post (Finkelhor 1986) and find no mention of the religion/child sex abuse correlation; it certainly isn't among the top ten (let alone the second best) predictors of child sex abuse listed in that source, which reviews most of the relevant literature to that date. More recently, Gelles and Strauss (1988:66) state that "...however, there has yet to be a national survey that meets the normal standards of scientific evidence (that) can be used to determine a figure for frequency of sexual victimization of children." Lacking such a study, I'm not sure what evidence the hypothesis (that conservative Christianity is highly correlated with child sex abuse) is based on. Just my $0.02 worth _________________________________________________________________ Men's Issues Page Sexual Abuse -=John=- ... Religion created the sexual environment it finds so distasteful ~~~ wsOMR/1.00 [NR] --- GEcho 1.00 * Origin: [Windsor Download BBS] USR/V.Everything (519)-973-9330 (1:246/15) SEEN-BY: 102/2 138 435 752 837 890 943 1013 147/7 270/101 280/1 9 25 26 31 45 SEEN-BY: 280/115 135 333 378 396/1 3615/50 @PATH: 246/1002 1 2 3615/50 396/1 280/1 102/2 752 943

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