It's Time to Go after a Real Case of Abuse

By Knight, Robert H. | Insight on the News, October 9, 1995 | Go to article overview

It's Time to Go after a Real Case of Abuse


Knight, Robert H., Insight on the News


A slew of highly publicized day-care child-abuse convictions from the 1980s is being reversed and revelations about possibly overzealous prosecution.

But a uniquely - and heavily - documented case of child abuse has gone unprosecuted for nearly 50 years. It is the only child-abuse case in which graph tables of reactions by abuse victims are scientifically tabulated. And it has had profound and continuing implications for American society and sex education in particular. I am referring to the famous studies by sex-research pioneer Alfred C. Kinsey.

Many people know that Kinsey wrote what came to be known as the Kinsey Report in the late 1940s, but few are aware of a chapter dealing with sexual activity of children.

In 1981, Judith A. Reisman delivered a paper to the Fifth World Congress of Sexology in Jerusalem in which she examined the Kinsey child-sexuality data. Nine years later, she and sex therapist Edward W. Eichel, along with research physician J. Gordon Muir and psychologist John Court, wrote Kinsey, Sex and Fraud: The Indoctrination of a People. In the book, which demolishes Kinsey's research, Reisman and her coauthors reveal how Kinsey tabulated data from the systematic molestation of more than 300 boys, ages 2 months to 15 years old, to formulate a theory of child sexuality that undergirds most current sex education. Several Kinsey tables in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male record efforts to bring to "orgasm" children as young as two months old and as old as 15 years. Table 34 features "multiple orgasm" observed in children aged five months to 14 years old. Efforts to open the Kinsey Institute's files on the children cited in Table 34 (p. 180) have been rebuffed by Kinsey Director John Bancroft and his predecessors.

Prior to Kinsey, most health officials assumed that children have a latency period in which sexuality is dormant until puberty. But Kinsey's work opened the door to the view that children are sexual beings who not only are sexually viable but also entitled to sexual activity at any age. Kinsey disciples have promulgated this view by migrating to the major institutions that have set the trend in sex education for the past four decades - the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.

The Kinsey child-sex philosophy also is being promulgated by the federal government through Title X grants to Planned Parenthood and the New York-based Sex Information and Education Council of the United States, or SIECUS, founded by Kinsey coauthor Wardell Pomeroy and former Planned Parenthood Medical Director Mary Calderone. According to Calderone, the mission of SIECUS is to educate Americans "broadly and deeply with awareness of the vital importance of infant and childhood sexuality."

Current SIECUS President Debra Haffner champions "outercourse," in which children are taught to stimulate each other sexually just short of actual intercourse. In a 1990 article in SIECUS Report, Haffner also rhapsodizes about the Kinseyan paradise of Sweden where, she notes, "Young people have a right to their sexual feelings and to sexual education." A government film, Haffner notes, discusses masturbation, oral sex and homosexuality "in a nonjudgmental manner." Haffner adds approvingly that Sweden's sex education is compulsory and that "abortion is free until the 18th week of pregnancy." Somewhat cryptically, she adds: "As a parent, I was uncomfortable with the lack of support for parental involvement." This is on the order of Madonna worrying aloud that parents don't have enough input into their children's compact-disc purchases.

It was no wonder that former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders began parroting the SIECUS line about teaching children to masturbate; she was briefed by SIECUS before making her ill-fated remarks. …

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