Childhood Abuse and Sexual Offending
In JAMA Pediatrics, Dr. Cathy Widom discusses an NIJ-funded study following abused and neglected children and matched controls into middle age. The study examined commonly held beliefs about the impact of childhood sexual abuse and the likelihood that these victims will grow up to “specialize” in sex offending.
Results showed that while physically abused and neglected boys had an increased risk of being arrested for a sex crime as an adult compared to controls, sexually abused children did not.
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