Study Questions Widely Held Belief About Childhood Sexual Abuse

More research that explodes sexual-offending myth:

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published results of a study that shows childhood sexual abuse does not necessarily mean you’ll be at uniquely higher risk of becoming an adult sex offender.

The abstract for the article concludes:

The widespread belief that sexually abused children are uniquely at risk to become sex offenders was not supported by prospective empirical evidence. These new findings suggest that early intervention programs should target children with histories of physical abuse and neglect. They also indicate that existing policies and practices specifically directed at future risk for sex offending for sexually abused children may warrant reevaluation.

JAMA article.

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