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Do Sexually Abused Children

Become Abusers?

Most do not

By Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW

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Copyright 2010 Jane Gilgun

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Summary

Do sexually abused children become abusers? Most do not. Persons who do not become abusers have protective factors in their lives that help them to cope with, adapt to, and overcome adversities.

Do Sexually Abused Children

Become Abusers?

Most do not

An important question is whether sexually abused children become sexual abusers. Most do not. This includes boy survivors of child sexual abuse as well as girls. Many persons assume that survivors of child sexual abuse, especially boys, will sooner or later end up as abusers. This is untrue. Being sexually abused is not by itself a risk to become an abuser. Being male and being sexually abused in combination can be a risk factor because most perpetrators of child sexual abuse are boys and men, but still most boy survivors do not go on to abuse others.

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