What percentage of child sexual abusers were abused themselves as children?
There is no figure, primarily as many who were abused never disclose their sexual abuse! Most sexual abuse is done by parents. step-parent’s or family members, where there is a big threat to a child if they told! And the pressure usually happens when a disclosure is made! That’s why many recant. Not because they weren’t abused, but because they were and they are protecting someone. Some adults who were sexually abused become an abuser, and a true pedophile might start at the age of 12 or 13, which is usually when they were abused! Some younger! Most pedophiles, non family related, usually have around 100 victims before the first time they are caught! Every pedophile I have ever talked to said they were going to do it again once released! Those are Fixated pedophiles, as A Nicholas Groth, PhD, who did most of the early work on prison populationns of pedophiles when there were but a handful of experts in the country! There is also the regressed, and the lazy pedophile. Regressed pedophil
Are men who were sexually assaulted as children more likely to become child molesters? Another myth that male victims of sexual assault face is the assumption that they will become abusers themselves. For instance, they may have heard that survivors of sexual abuse tend to repeat the cycle of abuse by abusing children themselves. Some research has shown that men who were sexually abused by men during their childhood have a greater number of sexual thoughts and fantasies about sexual contact with male children and adolescents. However, it is important to know that most male victims of child sexual abuse do not become sex offenders. Furthermore, many male perpetrators do not have a history of child sexual abuse. Rather, sexual offenders more often grew up in families where they suffered from several other forms of abuse, such as physical and emotional. Men who assault others also have difficulty with empathy, and thus put their own needs above the needs of their victims.