Approximately one in six boys is sexually abusedbefore age 16. Often males who have been sexually traumatized and/or abused behaviorally act out homosexually—also known as homosexual imprinting. Some of these males are gay and most are not. Males who have been sexually abuse are often confused as to their sexual orientation because of the trauma. These men—both gay and straight—re-enact the trauma through homosexual behavior as adults.
I have written significantly on the effects of same-sex sexually abused by males to male children. I have debunked the myth that an adult male sexually abusing a male child is about homosexuality. It is not! It is about pedophilia, power and abuse none of which are included in what it means to be an adult gay man.
An adult male–gay, straight, or bisexual–can be a pedophile however being a pedophile does not indicate the perpetrators orientation. If a male sexually abuses a female child we want to believe that he must be heterosexual but this is also not always the case. Most pedophiles are attracted to children, not adults. Likewise just because a male perpetrator sexually abuses a male child does not indicate he is gay. Often it is because the pedophile has access to male children and not to female children.
An article I wrote debunking this myth that homosexuality is linked to pedophilia is here.
Resources for sexually abused men:
3. Author and Psychotherapist Mike Lew
4. An excellent resource for males who have been sexually abused can be found at Psychologist Richard Gartner’s website Author and Psychotherapist Richard Gartner Author. He has written three books on this topic along with being one of the pioneers leading to the healing of males who have been sexually abused. I highly recommend his work.