Child Safety Training — by Ps Jimmy Hinton, the son of a pedophile pastor
[April 28, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
Of people sitting in pews, 40% have been or are currently being sexually abused. Learn from the son of a pedophile how to stop them in their tracks. One is too many — 40% is unacceptable. Know their techniques!
Pastor Jimmy Hinton’s life was turned upside down when a victim disclosed to him that she had been sexually abused by the former pastor – Jimmy’s father. Jimmy and his mother reported his father to the police. Jimmy’s father is currently serving a 30-60 year prison sentence for sex crimes against children. Since then Jimmy has worked tirelessly to understand the mind and motives of pedophiles so that we can better protect children from them. His website is Jimmy Hinton.
Jimmy presented this Child Safety Training in January 2018 at Westside Church of Christ, Bakersfield, California.
Links to the individual sessions:
- Understanding Predators (Part 1)
- Understanding Predators (Part 2)
- Understanding Ourselves
- From Zero to Sexting
- Understanding Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Q & A
- Sunday Recap Session 1
- Sunday Recap Session 2
I asked Jimmy where he got that 40% figure from. Here is his answer —
My opinion is that 40% is actually a conservative number. If we just take raw data, we’re sitting at about 40%. I’ll share that data below then explain why I think those numbers are actually higher in churches.
Diana Russel did an in-depth study of 930 women in San Francisco and found that 28% of all of the women reported some kind of sexual exploitation before the age of 14. The number of women sexually abused in her survey jumped to 38% if we include those in the 14-17 year old range. (Diana Russel, “The Incidence and Prevalence of Intrafamilial and Extrafamilial Sexual Abuse of Female Children” (1983) 7 Child Abuse and Neglect 137-46.
Ronald and Juliette Goldman did a study in Australia with 1,000 college students and found that 28% of the women in the survey reported at least one sexually abusive experience before the age of 16. (Ronald and Juliette Goldman, “The Prevalence and Nature of Child Sexual Abuse in Australia”, (1988) 9 Australian Journal of Sex Marriage and the Family 94.
A study in Britain found that 24% of women and 9% of men experienced sexual abuse as a child. SJ Creighton and N Russell, Voices From Childhood: A Survey of Childhood Experiences and Attitudes Toward Child Rearing Among Adults in the United Kingdom (National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1995), interviews with 1032 adults.
In a large study by phone interview in the US, researchers found that 27% of the women in their survey had experienced sexual abuse by the age of 18. (D Finkelhor, G Hotaling, I Lewis and C Smith, “Sexual Abuse in a National Survey of Adult Men and Women: Prevalence, Characteristics and Risk Factors” (1990) 14 Child Abuse and Neglect 19-28).
Estimates for male survivors is between 1 in 7 and 1 in 10. David Finkelhor’s survey in the US and the Goldmans’ in Australia both found that 9% of men were sexually abused as boys, with a large number of those who were abused by a male adolescent who was at least 5 years older than the victim. (David Finkelhor, Sexually Victimized Children (New York: Free Press 1979). (R and J Goldman, referenced above).
A study in Britain found that 8% of men surveyed were sexually abused as boys. (AW Baker and SP Duncan, “Child Sexual Abuse: A Study of the Prevalence in Great Britain” (1985) 9 Child Abuse and Neglect 457-67.
Some surveys reveal that as many as 16% of men admit to being sexually abused as children. (Finkelhor, Hotaling, Lewis, and Smith).
Dr. Anna Salter quotes a study by Gene Abel to say that, of a sample of 232 child molesters, they admitted to 38,000 incidents and reported more than 17,000 total victims. Abel analyzed another sample of 561 offenders (to include all kinds of sex offenses—exhibitionism, voyeurism, adult rape, and child molestation) to find that they admitted to 291,000 sexual offenses and more than 195,000 victims. Salter says, “It is difficult to appreciate just how large a number 195,000 is, but consider that the Louisiana Superdome, site of five Super Bowls, has a maximum seating capacity of 72,675. If all the victims of those 561 men wanted to meet, they would have filled two and one-half Superdomes.” (Anna Salter, Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, Other Sex Offenders Who They Are, How They Operate, And How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children (New York: Basic Books 2003), 11).
In Abel’s study of 4,000 admitted child molesters, 93% of them self-identify as religious. (Gene Abel and Nora Harlow, The Stop Child Molestation Book: What Ordinary People Can Do in Their Everyday Lives to Save Three Million Children (Printed in US 2001), 38-39).
Of all of these studies, roughly 30% of females have been sexually abused as a minor by an adult and anywhere from 9-16% of males. But these studies are not current and don’t take into consideration the explosion of social media, personal electronic devices, and the various types of private communication and file sharing that has become the gateway to exploit more children at a far faster pace.
I believe current studies will reveal that these numbers represented have only increased as we have given far more avenues to groom and exploit children. We are seeing this increase in the US with the number of school teachers being arrested for sexual encounters with minor students. Here is a study of the dramatic increase in Texas of teachers being arrested for sex crimes against students. Improper teacher-student relationship cases soar [Internet Archive link]. There was a 36% increase in just one year, from 2016 to 2017. And these are only the ones who are getting caught!
93% of child molesters identify as religious, so there is a higher concentration of predators in our churches. This, combined with the naivety of many church leaders and the seeker-friendly movement which urges everyone to come “as you are”, has made the church a breeding ground for sexual exploitation of children. Furthermore, many survivors are coming to church because they are seeking answers, hope, and healing. When I have done training at churches over the past 6 years, I have never witnessed a church without survivors and at least one known child sexual offender who has been part of each church. There is always a significant percentage of my audiences who reveal to me that they are childhood sexual abuse survivors.
One pastor friend told me that approximately 90% of his congregation of over 150 mostly college-age members has revealed that they were sexually abused as children.
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Jimmy Hinton interviewed by Mary DeMuth — Note: this interview was done in 2016 when Jimmy was part of Church Protect. He left that organization in 2017 and at the time Jimmy was leaving, we decided to no longer recommend or endorse Church Protect.
Speaking Out On Sexual Abuse (SOOSA) — Jimmy & Clara Hinton’s weekly podcast. You can subscribe to this podcast from either Jimmy’s or Clara’s websites.
A Solitary Journey — Brenda Elysium shares her experience of being married to a pedophile.
Wives or (ex) of Pedophiles — A category at the Spiritual Sounding Board.
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