Multiple studies in new report released by Focus on the Family shows that gay-identified males experience sexual abuse as children at much higher rates than do heterosexual men. Exodus International, the world's largest Christian outreach to those dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction, says this newly released report, Childhood Sexual Abuse and Male Homosexuality, verifies what the organization has seen for years and provides a unique opportunity for ministry.
"This analysis is an affirmation of a trend many of us in the counseling profession and those in Christian ministry have seen for a long time," said Dr. Marc Dillworth, counselor and Director of the Exodus Professional Counselor Network. "It points to deeper wounds that an overwhelming amount of men who struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction face. It also provides a tremendous opportunity for the evangelical church to demonstrate Christ-like compassion to those who bear the scars of abuse."
Dr. Dillworth, who has more than 30 years of experience in the counseling field and oversees a network of counselors who assist men and women dealing with same gender attraction, says there is hope and help available. "Our aim is to empower men to move towards healing from the all-too-common tragedy of abuse so that they can accomplish their own goals. For many, that includes living a life that reflects the Christian faith and we are a resource for those pursuing this path."