Offending as consequence of abuse

67% of convicted offenders stated that they had been abused as children, but when informed that their statements would be checked by a polygraph and they would be re-imprisoned if they lied, the proportion fell to 29%. [4]

The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children.[5]

95% of offenders are known to the child.
39% were family members. "Stranger Danger" only applies to 5% of cases.

Girls living with stepfathers were at a markedly increased risk: 17% had been sexually abused compared with 2.3% of girls living with biological fathers [6]

One third of offenders are adolescents.

A range of factors has been found to interact with childhood experiences of sexual victimisation and to differentially impact a child’s likelihood of later becoming a perpetrator. Factors that increase this likelihood include:
• experiencing emotional and physical abuse or neglect as a child (Salter et al. 2003);
• being exposed to family violence (Salter et al. 2003); and
• early exposure to pornography (Simons 2007).

Craissati, McClurg & Browne (2002) in a study of 178 sex offenders found that 46% indicated sexual victimisation in childhood and a further 36% reported histories of physical abuse or emotional neglect. (cited in Choo, 2009)

1 in 4 men arrested for possessing child pornography had a history of molesting children.(Software Tracks Child Porn Traffickers On-line, USA Today 16th April 2008)

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