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Barry Crimmins, Anti-War Comic and Crusader Against Child Abuse, Dies at 64


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Barry Crimmins, Anti-War Comic and Crusader Against Child Abuse, Dies at 64

Julia Conley, staff writer

Progressive groups and entertainers alike shared appreciation on Thursday for Barry Crimmins, the activist and comedian who died on Wednesday at the age of 64, weeks after revealing he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Crimmins' wife shared the news via his Twitter account.

Helen here with sad news...Barry passed peacefully yesterday with Bobcat and I. He would want everyone to know that he cared deeply about mankind and wants you to carry on the good fight. Peace.


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It is because of people like him that the secrets that shame us are no longer our secrets but are the bane of the abusers in this world. Protecting innocence is not what this country is about, it is about taking advantage of it, whether it is redlining, paying men 40% more than blacks/women or men taking advantage of their financial power to rape and pillage…


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Somehow I’m not familiar with Crimmins’ work but we need more anti-war
and more anti-child abuse discussion in US and hope others will follow his path.

Notice that he is also a “survivor” but we are leaving too much to those survivors
to work their way through and fight for acknowledgment of this very common crime.

Males are our sexual abusers of children – and they are heterosexual males.
Heterosexual males are 100X MORE likely to sexually abuse a child than a
homosexual male would be.

Studies have made this clear since the 1970’s …

However our free press refuses to make this information clear to parents or society…
just as it refuses to deal with the issue of male violence, or even acknowledge it.

Here’s one study …

“Focus on the Facts” – Sean Cahill, PH.D

A 1998 Study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 90% of pedophiles are men, and 95% of these individuals are heterosexual.

Research has indicated that gay men and lesbians are less likely than heterosexual to sexually abuse children.

Perhaps the most egregious and damaging claim promulgated by anti-gay groups is the claim that homosexuality is intrinsically linked to pedophilia and child sexual abuse. The social science research on sexual orientation and child sexual abuse clearly disproves the claim that homosexuals are more likely to molest children.

A 1998 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 90% of pedophiles are men, and 95% of these individuals are heterosexual. One researcher explained this statistic by noting, "Gay men desire consensual sexual relations with other adult men. Pedophiles are usually adult men who are sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children. They are rarely sexually attracted to other adults. In fact, research has indicated that gay men and lesbians are LESS likely than heterosexuals to sexually abuse children. Two studies that examined the sexual orientation of convicted child molesters found that less than 1% in one study and 0% in the other were lesbian or gay. One psychologist reviewed the existing social science literature on the relationship between sexuality and child sexual abuse and found that “a gay man is no more likely than a straight man to perpetrate sexual activity with children.” Further, “cases of perpetration of sexual behavior with a pre-pubescent child by an adult lesbian are virtually nonexistent.”

Gay rights activists, like all advocates for children’s welfare, oppose child sexual abuse and support equitable age of consent laws that help prevent and punish such abuse.

At least 110,000 children are waiting to be adopted in the US. Approximately 588,00 children are currently in foster care. Barring gay men and lesbians from adopting or foster parenting decreases the number of potential suitable homes for children in need.

Children who remain in foster care for much of their childhood, as do tens of thousands of American children, are more likely to have emotional problems. Some children in foster care live in 20 or more homes by the time they reach the age of 18. Barring gay men and lesbians from adopting or foster parenting is not simply unjust and unethical; it also decreases the number of potential suitable homes for children in need.

Research shows that children raised by gay and lesbian parents are not disadvantaged vis-a-vis their peers raised by heterosexual parents.

Footnote 65 – p.123

A review of 352 medical records of children evaluated for sexual abuse during a 12-month period at a Denver children’s hospital found that less than 1% had been abused by a gay man or a lesbian. Of 269 adult perpetrators of child abuse identified among the 352 cases of abuse, only two were gay or lesbian. The vast majority of the children in the study (82%) “were suspected of being abused by a man or a woman who was, or had been, in a heterosexual relationship with a relative of the child.” And the review concluded that in this sample, " a child’s risk of being molested by his or her relative’s heterosexual partner is over 100X greater [than the risk of being molested] by someone who might be identifiable as being homosexual, lesbian, or bisexual."

Jenny, C., and Roesler, T.A. (1994)

Are children at risk for sexual abuse by homosexuals? Pediatrics. 94(1).p.44.

In an earlier study of convicted male child molesters in Massachusetts, none of the 175 men were found to have an exclusively homosexual adult sexual orientation or to be primarily attracted to other adult men.

Groth, A.N., and Birnbaum, H.J. (1978).

Adult sexual orientation and attraction to underage persons.

Archives of Sexual Behavior.7(3).pp.175-181.

Also : The right-wing “Family Research Council” notes/confirms findings that “almost all child sexual abuse is committed by men.”


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Saw Barry speak fire to Poppy Bush’s liars on Boston Common protests mounted before the first Gulf War. He nailed them to the wall in a 1/2-hour of factual observation delivered with volcanic anger, will never forget it. His caring and caustic career was a tough and brave one, and he’ll be missed.