Nancy Polikoff

A child molester of GIRLS...why didn't they say so?

Filed By Nancy Polikoff | January 27, 2009 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: Regent University, sexual abuse of girls, Stephen McPherson

This wasn't just any guy convicted of forcible sodomy and object sexual penetration of children. It was Stephen McPherson, a former assistant dean at Regent University Law School -- the law school that is a part of Pat Robertson's right-wing Regent University. It's even got a law review that regularly publishes hateful articles about LGBT people. That's what first caught my eye reading the Washington Post.

It was just a short article. I read it twice. It took awhile to sink in. The article didn't say whether the guy's victims were boys or girls! This really matters. I think most people read "sodomy" and think man-on-man sex, so I'm thinking most people reading this piece think man-on-boy forcible sex.

I investigated. I had to go back to the articles on McPherson's indictment to learn that his victims were GIRLS. I think this matters. The myth of gay men as pedophiles persists -- thanks in some part to the authors who publish in Regent University's law review. And it turns out that the guy has been indicted again for indecent liberties on three girls he supervised as a house parent (along with his wife) at a Christian-based home for troubled girls. It gets worse. After the couple stopped working at the home, they adopted three girls. If McPherson's victims had been boys, we'd be hearing calls to ban gay adoption in Virginia.


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Scott Kaiser Scott Kaiser | January 27, 2009 12:26 PM

Very true. I've noticed the same trend.

It's easy to vilify homosexuals. I think a large part of society wants to think of us as out-of-control perverts who molest children.

A heterosexual molestation? Probably hits a little too close to home as it occurs with greater frequency.

Yeah, it should have been mentioned for the politics of it all. But for the victims, it's just as bad either way.

David Phillips | January 27, 2009 8:58 PM

Using the term "forcible sodomy" was inflammatory and Gay-baiting to begin with. "Sodomy" implies an interpretation of Hebrew scriptures wherein two cities are destroyed on account of supposed buggery, though 'yaddah' in on other Scriptural context connotes sexual knowledge. The appropriate term should have been "sexual assault" with clearer identification of the victims' gender.