Press Statement – May 6, 2013
Note: You may watch Christopher Doyle deliver this statement online via Channel 12 New Jersey by clicking here.
TRENTON, NJ, MAY 6, 2013 – My name is Christopher Doyle, and I am the Director of the International Healing Foundation and Co-Founder of Voice of the Voiceless, an international coalition of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families. As a psychotherapist, I work exclusively with clients who experience same-sex attraction. I am, myself, a former homosexual and victim of childhood sexual abuse. Most importantly, I am the husband to my beautiful wife, and the father of three precious children!
We are not here today because of politics, but of principles. Not to discriminate against a group of people, but to seek justice for all. Not of contempt for anyone, but of respect for the most vulnerable among us. Out of all the achievements in my life, I hold dearest to me, my precious children…and it is the respect for my children, and the concern for the youth of New Jersey, that I stand against Senate Bill 2278, the Jerry Sandusky Protection Act. Should the state pass this destructive legislation, it will in essence, cause further harm to sexually abused children, just as convicted Pedophile Jerry Sandusky did at Penn State University.
When sexually abused children are denied treatment to resolve the symptoms of trauma, Pedophiles go undiscovered, sometimes for decades, just as Jerry Sandusky did. If laws such as Senate Bill 2278 are passed, monsters like Jerry Sandusky will have more protection to victimize, because children who develop same-sex attraction as a result of abuse may never tell their parents. They may never tell their parents because gay activists are indoctrinating young people to believe that homosexuality is in-born, and if a child believes they are born gay, then the possibility of resolving homosexual feelings that result from sex abuse may never enter their mind.
The research is clear. Individuals who experience same-sex attraction are more often victims of childhood sexual abuse than the general heterosexual population. Indeed, a 2012 study in the peer-reviewed, scientific journal Child Abuse and Neglect found that “gay/lesbian respondents had higher odds of exposure to child abuse” and that “exposure to victimization in early-life family and romantic relationships explains, in part, sexual orientation disparities in a wide range of mental health and substance use outcomes” compared to the general population.
The parents of sexually abused children in New Jersey deserve the right to choose which licensed mental health provider they seek treatment from – The Jerry Sandusky Protection Act will take away that right. As a psychotherapist who has worked with between 100-150 homosexual clients in just four years, about fifty percent of my clients have been victims of sex abuse. Some of these clients were young men, under the age of 18, whose parents brought them to me because no one understood or knew how to help them. These clients are often persons of faith, who have deep convictions over their unwanted homosexual feelings. But because of a Pedophile like Jerry Sandusky, they were dealt an unfair hand in life. They never choose to be victims of sex abuse, and they never chose to experience same-sex attraction, but they can choose to heal this trauma and resolve their homosexual feelings, just as I did in my own life.
Because of that freedom, I resolved unwanted homosexual feelings and am a proud husband and father to three children. The children of New Jersey deserve the same rights as I had, to pursue the life that fills their hearts with love. Regardless of whether it is politically correct to say that homosexual feelings can be changed, we must, above all else, uphold the right of self-determination to pursue what is true, and defend the rights of all sexually abused New Jersey children who cannot defend themselves.