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Judge should apologize

The following is a response from the LGBT Intimate Partner Violence Committee of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault to statements made by Waupaca Judge Philip Kirk in sentencing Delton Gorges on May 9.

While sentencing convicted child molester Delton Gorges, Judge Philip Kirk made some distasteful jokes about gay people. He then went on to say that Gorges must be gay and a victim of society’s homophobia, which explains his crimes. In effect, Kirk vilified gay men and tried to make Gorges appear just another victim of society.

According to a study by Child Welfare Information Gateway, “A child’s risk of being molested by his or her relatives’ heterosexual partner is over 100 times greater than by someone who might be identifiable as being homosexual.” The study also found that out of 269 cases of child sex abuse, only two offenders were found to be gay or lesbian.

The American Psychological Association has said it’s a false myth that gay men are more likely to sexually molest children than heterosexual men. “There is no evidence to suggest that homosexuals molest children,” the APA has stated.

Words like Kirk’s help spread this myth, which has damaging consequences for gay men.

Anti-gay forces use this myth to deny loving gay male couples the right to adopt, become foster parents or to serve as volunteers in some organizations.

Members of marginalized groups are frequently stereotyped in a negative way to perpetuate homophobia, racism and religious intolerance. This intolerance helps fuel the cycle of violence against marginalized communities. The LGBT community has experienced rising incidents of hate crime, suicides and other forms of violence in the past 10 years – a rise that can be directly attributed to society’s attitudes and lack of understanding.

A person’s sexual orientation has nothing to do with pedophilia. Pedophilia is a violent crime committed against children by perpetrators who seek power and control over their victims.

We urge Kirk to issue an apology to the LGBT community. If he would like to learn more about sexual violence or the LGBT community, we are happy to assist him.

Wis. judge calls defendant ‘gayer than a sweet-smelling jockstrap’

Before sentencing a former school bus driver to prison for molesting young boys, the judge ridiculed the defendant for claiming to be a heterosexual.

“I think you were born gayer than a sweet smelling jock strap,” Judge Philip Kirk of Waupaca told Delton Gorges, 71, before sending him to prison for seven years on counts of sexual assault of a child, repeated sexual assault of a child and two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Gorges will serve 15 years of extended supervision after his prison release.

Kirk said he believes Gorges was the victim of a homophobic society in the 1940s and 1950s.

“No one knew there was a closet to come out of in those days,” the judge said. “You know you had to be very careful, because you could have found your penis floating in the Wolf as walleye bait. It was a terrible life to have to live.”

But Kirk added, “I think that if anyone believes that in the last 10 years or 15 years all of a sudden you developed an interest in homosexuality and young boys, then I must have looked ravishing in my prom dress this year.”

A video of the judge’s remarks were posted online by Fox 11 WLUK-TV.

Although the judge’s rant sounded sympathetic toward gay people, critics told Fox 11 they were concerned that it linked homosexuality with pedophilia.

“Sometimes people don’t say the right thing, but they potentially mean well,” said Andrew DeBaker, co-chair of the gay rights group New Pride. “The thing that concerns me is the linking homosexuality, linking being gay with, in this case, child molestation.”

Gorges, who drove a school bus for 33 years, pleaded no contest to the charges.