Sunday, May 19, 2002

About those priests

I've been trying to look some of this stuff up with little luck. Maybe some of the rest of you can help.

1) How often are priests busted for messing with girls?

2) We're calling these creeps 'pedophiles', which implies desiring sex with children. But these 'children' appear to be exclusively boys.

3) Do gays and non-gays sexually abuse children at the same rates? For instance, if straight men are X times more common than gay men, then I would expect that roughly X times as many girls would be sexually abused by men than there would be boys sexually abused by men. Is this true, or is one kind disproportionately more prevalent than the other?

4) Are there differences in reporting rates? That is, who's more likely to tell - the boys or the girls?

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