Tuesday, March 04, 2008

"A cycle of sexual exploitation"

From the most recent FRC Action e-mail:

Some startlingly honest quotes from researchers who have studied the health of homosexual men were published by a "gay" newspaper in Michigan last week.
Speaking of one study at a conference of the American Public Health Association
late last year, former U.S. Centers for Disease Control researcher Ron Stall, Ph.D., M.P.H., said, "You had a syndemic [interconnecting epidemics] situation going on among a group of men, 80 percent of whom were college graduates, three-quarters of them were white, who were living in some of America's richest zip codes, and yet they had a health profile that looked like they were living in a favela [hillside slum] in Brazil." The gay newspaper article blamed these health problems not on the choice to engage in homosexual conduct, but on society's "homophobia." Yet that homophobia" obviously wasn't severe enough to keep these men from getting college degrees and earning enough to live in "America's richest zip codes." Another CDC researcher, Richard J. Wolitski, stated that homosexual men report being victims of childhood sexual abuse at "rates that range between 12 and 37 percent [which is] much higher than rates for other men, which typically range from 1 to 4 percent." And those who "came out" as "gay" at an earlier age were the most likely to have had "forced sex
before they were 18." Isn't it time we acknowledged that a cycle of sexual exploitation, not homophobia, is the source of these harms?

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