…According to Reisman, Kinsey trained pedophile observers who sexually abused more than 300 minors to prove that children “enjoy” sex with adults. “Some of the victims were only two months old, and some were subjected to more than 24 hours of nonstop sexual atrocities,” Reisman says. “One Kinsey contributor was a World War II Nazi officer. His young victims had to choose between rape and the gas chamber.”
As extravagant as Reisman’s claims may seem, they’re not without warrant. In Kinsey’s 1948 book, Sexual Behavior of the Human Male, he recounts the experiments of nine pedophiles he employed for his research. “Some of these adults,” Kinsey wrote, “are technically trained persons who have kept diaries or other records which have been put at our disposal.” He includes a chart that indicates that these “trained” pedophiles were inducing orgasms in babies as young as five months of age. One four-year-old is reported to have had 26 orgasms in 24 hours.
And just how were children and infants judged to be having orgasms? For that, Kinsey looked for several behaviors: violent convulsions, groaning, sobbing, violent cries, “an abundance of tears,” extreme trembling, fainting, excruciating pain, and screaming. In other words, what any normal adult would view as a child’s severe reactions to trauma, Kinsey saw as children enjoying themselves.
When Reisman first saw these data, she was horrified. Where, after all, did this information come from? Who’s waking up that little kid and molesting him for 24 hours around the clock? What parents would permit their children to be part of such a brutal experiment? And why did these nauseating crimes go unaddressed in the countless reports of Kinsey’s work?
She got some answers in December 1990 while on the Phil Donahue show. One of the other guests, Clarence Tripp, a photographer who knew Kinsey, said this information was gathered by pedophiles using stop watches to record the children’s responses. “So it was very scientific,” Tripp noted.
(Reisman’s child-abuse charges against Kinsey were also validated by several Kinsey-research eyewitnesses interviewed in the 1998 British television documentary, Secret Histories: Kinsey’s Paedophiles.)
On the other hand, historian James H. Jones, the Pulitzer-Prize finalist who spent 25 years researching Kinsey’s biography, says, “There is just no evidence of which I am aware” that Kinsey trained and directed pedophiles to collect data. He believes the pedophile charges against Kinsey are “not credible” and tends to believe the Kinsey Institute’s version of the story. In 1995, the institute’s director went public with his belief that Kinsey had based much of these data on the diaries of one anonymous pedophile who had kept detailed records of his sexual abuse of 317 children from 1917 to 1948.
Whether Kinsey personally directed the abuse of children may never be known. Nevertheless, any film based entirely on Kinsey’s public image will be factually wrong. In public, Kinsey presented himself as a stable married man, a disinterested scientist just reporting “the facts.” But, privately, Jones’s research revealed Kinsey to be a homosexual, voyeur, and sadomasochist who unquestionably plunged “into the abyss with regard to incest and child molestation.”
Kinsey’s own sadomasochism led him to bizarre extremes. After the Rockefeller Foundation withdrew his funding, Jones reports, Kinsey went to a basement, tied one end of a rope to an exposed ceiling pipe and the other end around his scrotum, then stood on a chair and jumped off. As for his homosexuality, were Kinsey and his coauthor, Wardell Pomeroy, lovers? “They were sex partners, but I wouldn’t call them lovers,” Jones says. “They weren’t that close.”