Traits of Potential Child Sexual Abusers

The child sexual abuser may be a close relative, a friend, or acquaintance, rather than a stranger… (Sex Offender Programs: Is there a Roll for Occupational Therapy? Occupational Therapy in Mental Health. Lloyd, C. 1987)

In one study of 1,000 subjects, 13% of child sexual abuse cases involved strangers. Of these offenses, 57% were committed by family members and 28% were committed by friends. (The Occurrence of Sexual Abuse in a Small Community. van Dam, C., Halliday, L., and Bates, C. 1985)

The goal of child sexual abusers and their advocates is to normalize and decriminalize child sexual abuse. (Identifying Child Molesters: Preventing Sexual Abuse by Recognizing the Patterns of the Offenders. van Dam, C. 2001)

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