Kids More Likely To Be Molested At Church Than In Transgender Bathrooms

By Elisabeth Parker | 18 May 2016
American News X

A child is more likely to be molested at church than in a transgender-friendly bathroom.

As the transgender bathroom issue gathers steam it’s worth considering this grim fact: Despite all those transgender bathroom laws GOP state legislatures keep passing, a child is far more likely to be molested at church.

In 2014 the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) came out with a report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church. It turns out that from 1950-2013, 17,259 victims made accusations and 6,427 clerics had been counted as “not implausibly” or “credibly” accused. This doesn’t even account for underreporting or include the unusually large number victims who came forward in 2003 in the wake of the Boston Globe’s eye-opening report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church by their Spotlight team.

Alas, a transgender bathroom law wouldn’t have helped a single one of these victims, many of whom have had to live in silence with their trauma and shame for decades.

Meanwhile, for all of their yammering about gay marriage and public restrooms, evangelical protestant churches also have a lot to answer for. In 2015, the exposure of 19 and Counting’s Josh Duggar’s sexual proclivities revealed not only that America’s favorite Christian family wasn’t as wholesome as they seem (and that their faith community helped enable him). In February, the Washingtonian broke a story revealing decades of sexual abuse against children in Sovereign Grace Ministries, a suburban megachurch network.

Why transgender bathroom laws won’t prevent sexual abuse against children.

According to VictimsOfCrime.Org, one in five girls and one in 20 boys become victims of sexual abuse. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National  Network (RAINN) grimly adds:

The majority of perpetrators are someone the child or family knows. As many as 93% of victims under the age of 18 know the abuser.

The above goes a long way towards explaining why a child, pre-teen or adolescent is more likely to be molested in church than in a transgender bathroom. In fact, evangelical leaders have grown concerned enough about sexual abuse in their ranks that Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE) was launched to train, educate and help faith communities prevent this from happening. Alas, the facts revealed in a Powerpoint slide presentation show they’ve got a long slog ahead of them.

  • Child abuse accusations against US protestant churches average 70 per week. GRACE acknowledges that the number could be a lot higher due to under-reporting.
  • One percent of churches surveyed reported abuse accusations annually.
  • 42 percent were volunteers, 25 percent were paid staff, 25 percent were other children.
  • The average child molester sexually assaults 50-150 children before being caught.

What’s even scarier is that sexual abuse and child molestation may even be more likely to occur in churches due to the toxic combination of the high level of trust placed in church leaders combined with the authoritarian upbringings of many of the children in their charge. It’s hard to defend yourself against abuse when you’ve been taught to obey adults without question all your life.

GRACE even has a name for this phenomenon that contributes to sexual abuse in churches: The Five Exploitations:

  1. Exploitation of “religious cover”: Child molesters’ apparent embrace of religious practices and doctrine gives them access to children while providing cover for their behavior.
  2. Exploitation of faith: “The victim’s own analysis of religious doctrine may result in confusion and silence.”
  3. Exploitation of power: Children are taught to submit to authority “from the earliest age.”
  4. Exploitation of needs: Churches are always in need of volunteers and don’t always have the resources to thoroughly vet everyone. On top of that, churchgoers often come in need of support and spiritual solace.
  5. Exploitation of trust: Churches foster a trusting environment, especially for families with children, and children are taught to trust in God and those whom they see as His representatives.

And what’s the data on child molesting by strangers in transgender bathrooms? ZERO, according to a report from MicApparently, there are so few reports on children getting molested in public restrooms by transgender people that no one has bothered gathering any statistics.

Reprinted with permission from the author.

Elisabeth Parker is a writer, editor mom, news and politics junkie.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. Where are the transgender statistics for that time. You have to show both or it isn't proving anything. All you are doing is attacking the church.
    Stop this is stupid .

    • There’s not any statistical data because it has not happened. Reporting of facts is not an attack…. It’s pointing out that the leaders and legislators ARE attacking transgender people for no reason but they look the other way when it comes to someone in the church actually doing what they accuse transgender people of doing. The mother of Josh Duggar (previously a leader in the family research council, a religious based group that lobbies for the conservative religious agenda and that is also classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Firm) did a robo-call in her hometown Fayetteville Arkansas that accused transgender people of being pedophiles, rapist and sexual deviants without anything to support he claims. Meanwhile she was covering up for her own son who actually did do what she was accusing transgender people are doing. So if anything this article point blank states that all of the hype around bathroom bills and how they are protecting our children and women is actually nothing more than a smokescreen for discrimination against transgendered people because they do not like transgender people or understand transgender people. They want to impose their religiously inspired “morals” on transgender people that they just don’t like and all while the data clearly shows that transgender people have better “morals” than many of the church leaders.

    • Dorothy, The point here isn’t to put the spotlight on, and blame the church for anything. Everything about churches molesting kid, etc. has been a fact that most people have been aware of for decades. The point here is that kid’s aren’t likely to get molested by transgender people in restrooms. All these republicans prompted by these very churches to enact all these potty panic laws keeping transgender people from using the restroom of the gender which they identify are unfounded. In the history of public restrooms, in the entire world, there has never, to my knowledge, been a report of inappropriate acts of any kind from a transgender person. We (yes, I’m transgender) go in, close the door and lock it, do our business, wash our hands, and leave. Sound familiar? Oh, yeah, that’s what ya’ll do when using the restroom. Now think of it this way. You and your children are in the ladies room, a burly man walks in, full beard, 100% masculine looking. How are you and your children going to react to this “man” in the women’s room? I really want you to close your eyes and picture it. Now, Imagine your husband in the men’s room, and a very feminine, attractive woman walks in. How would that make the men, and their significant others feel? I’m not trying to change your mind Dorothy. I’m just hopefully giving you a more realistic picture of what this is really about, and not what religious special interest groups and republicans try to get you to see.

      • Exactly what I have been telling folks now for a bit-every trans woman I've ever seen in a public restroom (ok, only 3 that I'm aware of) has done just that-go in, close the door, lock it, do their business, wash up, primp a little maybe, and leave. They behave in a generally female way and do not want to be called out as different. I don't have one single problem with transgender folks using the restroom of their chosen gender.

        What I DO have a problem with is how this "issue" became nationalized and a public emergency. Because now that everyone "knows they have the right" to use whichever bathroom they choose, and with all of the non-binary gender information out there, the guys who are perverts will stop at nothing to gain access to women and children. All they really have to do to get off the hook is say "I am gender fluid-I felt like a man this morning but this afternoon I felt like a woman, so I went in the ladies' room". They can look and oogle all they want in any public bathroom or dressing room. Now if they get caught taking pictures or doing any other actual crime, they can be prosecuted. But not if they are "just looking", and not if they don't get caught.

    • Did you read the whole thing including the last paragraph?

      //And what’s the data on child molesting by strangers in transgender bathrooms? ZERO, according to a report from Mic. Apparently, there are so few reports on children getting molested in public restrooms by transgender people that no one has bothered gathering any statistics.//

      And did you follow the link for Mic and read for yourself? I did. Check even more sources. Do you own homework. Think!

      https://mic.com/articles/114066/statistics-show-exactly-how-many-times-trans-people-have-attacked-you-in-bathrooms#.tij8A9UoD

    • Dorothy, your ignorance can be forgiven as you are completely uninformed. But after reading this article, you can only be called stupid if you persist in your opinion. Which is wrong.

  2. There are 1.4 million trans people in the US. Google transgender sexual abuse and read stories of abuse done TO the trans community. There are 600,000 active and retired clergy in the US. Google clergy sexual abuse and read all the stories about abuse done BY members of the ministry. It's clear where the real threat lies.

  3. I want EVERYONE to repost this and send it to po misguided Virginia Senator Bob Marshall . The Virginia assembly hasn't even begun for the year and already , this man travels all the way from DC with an ARMLOAD of ANTI GAY , ANTI Transgender legislation EVERY year . this man cares MORE about YOUR bedroom than he does of running the state of Virginia ..

  4. I’m a transgirl, I’m 22, I grew up as a boy in a very strict Pentecostal church. I was beaten, I was abused physically and mentally by my parents and my pastor. I was sent to a “pray the gay away” type of compound where I was tortured. They used electro shock therapy, physical bearings, “mandatory fasting” starving me for up to four days, pumped testosterone into me through an IV, tied me to a chair and used tape to keep my eyes open and made me watch heterosexual porn. I was 10 years old… I spent a year being tortured for wanting to be a girl. Tortured by people who were spiritual leaders in my faith. When I came home I acted as masculine as possible I fought the “demon” that I was told lived inside of me. I joined the Marine Corps, I became a Recon Marine, I earned every man card there is and I still wanted to die so I wouldn’t want to be a girl. I’m now so happy to live like a girl, in three months I’ve gone from gorgeous hunk of a manly man, to a pretty cute girl. I have changed so drastically my brother doesn’t recognize me. My friends say I’m so much brighter, cheerier, and so much more pleasant to be around. And you know what? I didn’t lose my faith… In fact my relationship with God has never been this strong! But I don’t want to date women… I’m straight a woman’s body doesn’t turn me on, doesn’t grasp my attention. All I want is the right to pee in the women’s room so I won’t have to kill some jock in the men’s room trying to assault me… I fought for your right to (fill in the blank), why won’t you fight for my right to be a peaceful girl that can pee and go on about her business?

    • Thank you for sharing this. I think most people don’t understand that some who are transgender don’t have the attraction to the same sex and even if they do, does it matter? Lesbians still use the women’s room, gay men still use the men’s room. They are in there for the same reason I am…They have gotta pee! I am glad you mentioned the idea of being assaulted in the men’s room because of your appearance. I am sure that many people who are not transgender had not considered this (because they were never put in that situation). I have lived some time overseas and have noticed that there are many nongendered restrooms. It takes some getting used to hearing a man’s voice while in the restroom but other than that it seemed natural to me. They were in there for the same reason I was.

  5. The only way to know a trans is trans is to peek under the stall. What kind of perv are you to want to want to do that?

  6. Evangelical churches hold on to the keep garden variety sex offenders out of prison scriptures written by perverts who said victims “must have 2 to 3 preferably male witnesses to the crime, must not talk about the sin with anyone (the police) otherwise they will be labeled a slanderer or mentally diseased or apostate or bad association (or all). The victims will be faced with being shunned by fair weather religious “friends,” and even family. Jim Jones practiced shunning too. It is a sign the religion is a cult. Especially when they hide crimes against women and children from law enforcement. Churches are safe havens for male felons who were proselytized to and recruited in state prisons, given handyman jobs where they are paid under the table, and even given room and board by unsuspecting church families, and they know that their clergy WILL take their side when they reoffend.

  7. You know who’s most likely to be molested or attacked in the transgender bathroom? Transgender people. By so-called normal people, who have attacked transgenders in any environment for as long as the transgender community has existed. Beaten, raped, even murdered. By so-called normal church-going people.
    You so-called religious people better check yourself. Because anyone who says they’re worried about the transgender community being violent is a damned hypocrite
    https://www.hrc.org/resources/violence-against-the-transgender-community-in-2018

  8. Why would normal people want to use the bathrooms with transgender people in the first place, let them have their own privacy?Let’s get that straight!

  9. When I was growing up, my parents made sure that if we had to go to the bathroom, one of our other siblings had to go with us, never by ourselves and we attended Sunday school with the adults, my parents didn’t allow us to go to classes with the other kids, as far as being active in the church, we were limited to that, my parents trusted nobody! As for the JACKASSES AND LOWLIFE’s that molest children, you will rot in HELL!!

  10. Why are you using one outrage to play down another ? Why would you want to give sex offenders access to women's spaces.? There have been numerous attacks on women in bathrooms….just google it. If any man can dress as a woman and use the 'Ladies' then it exposes 14 year old girls to unnecessary risk and anxiety.

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