There is widespread belief that child sexual victimization leads to sex offending. Often referred to as “The Cycle of Sexual Abuse” this myth is perpetuated in the media, in the courts, and throughout child welfare literature. Does research support his belief? The following comes from the United States General Accounting Office - A synopsis of the Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Crime, Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives. “Cycle of Sexual Abuse: Research Inconclusive About Whether Child Victims Become Adult Abusers”.
(1) there was no consensus among the 23 retrospective and 2 prospective studies reviewed, that childhood sexual abuse led directly to the victim becoming an adult sexual abuser;