Pulled-out-of-ass stat of the day

“Ex-gay” Janet Boynes in a recent podcast interview:

From what I know I believe there’s 80% of women, between 80 and 85% of women that are struggling with homosexuality were either raped by someone they knew or somebody outside of that normally there’s some type of rape or some kind of molestation in our past.

So watch out gals, rape will make a lezzie out of you.
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  • stephen

    It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that 4 out of 5 women had experienced ‘some kind of molestation.’ And lesbians are women. So the quote – in isolation – is quite plausible. Of course, the molestation-causes-lesbianism conclusion doesn’t follow.

  • Mae

    If this is true, there would be a hell of a lot more lesbians out there. Then they could complain that marriage for homosexuals actually took away from heterosexual marriage, because there would hardly be any women left for the straight men.

  • Rach

    Speaking from personal experience molestation does often lead to a questioning of sexuality, but to say it “causes lesbianism” is crazy…

  • Heather

    Okay, rape, child molestation, and simply knowing someone who was either raped or molested–that’s every woman on the planet! I know several women who were raped or molested because sexual violence is a huge problem! 1/4 girls are molested and 1/3 women are raped over their lifetimes…hello, whether your a lesbian, straight, or a celebate nun, you might just fit that description. So, this lady’s comment is moot unless she wants to work toward a safer planet for women and girls. “Cause” talk is silly and pointless. Lesbians simply are–and thank you Sappho.

  • C’mon now

    stephen: “It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that 4 out of 5 women had experienced ‘some kind of molestation.'”
    Heather: “1/4 girls are molested and 1/3 women are raped over their lifetimes.”
    Talk about pulling stats out of your ass…

  • Heather

    Actually, that statistic comes from the Safe Sanctuaries Program–a program for churches designed to protect children from sexual abuse in church communities. A friend, who works in child sexual abuse preventions in the schools gave me that stat at a workshop. Sorry I didn’t cite the statistic when I originally posted it. Citation is always recommended when discussing such things in a public forum.

  • Raging Moderate

    A woman on the “More. Duke. Crap.” thread said this exact thing. I took a look for it, but with 400+ comments, I couldn’t find it. She said she was raped by a man, developed trust issues with men, and only had sexual relationships with women afterwards. Just sayin’.

  • stephen

    stephen: “It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that 4 out of 5 women had experienced ‘some kind of molestation.’
    C’mon now: Talk about pulling stats out of your ass…
    I don’t know how many women have been molested. But it’s not wholly implausible that 4 out of 5 have been. The evidence for plausibility is that you can easily witness women being harassed or molested in some way. You just have to go to a club or a party quite often. So it’s not completely made up. If I heard that only 1 in a thousand women had ever experienced molestation I would be surprised – wouldn’t you?

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