I was reading some article links from the MS site this morning, and one link led to another and another. And so the cycle began. I discovered some interesting information regarding CSA put forth as factual information. When I clicked on their source, it seemed as if they had drawn their own conclusions from the sparse information given, then presented that info as scientific study.
The only reason I noticed the inconsistencies in %'s was because I thought I had read different information in reputable publications and books over the years. And because the misleading info affects me as a survivor… as in I take the misinformation given to the public personally.
This comes from a site called "Random Facts"
On the list of "64 Facts About Child Sexual Abuse"#2 says… 70% to 73% of child sexual abusers report experiencing sexual abuse in their own childhood. 64 Random Facts of Child Abuse
So I couldn't just accept this as fact without checking their sources, etc. The source was from a single volume which I have not read and for which no link was provided. So I still couldn't accept this as fact. It would mean 3 out of 4 of us would be hurting children. -75 out of 100 survivors are abusers… NOPE.
So I continued to search and read numerous articles from on-line. I did find some interesting info on this site… which I might consider more reliable (and perhaps it isn't, but I feel much different reading this than the other). Statistics on Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse
This info is from the site, "The National Center for Victims of Crime"
. This site lists what I hope is actual, accurate info. Among their bulleted info is the following:Child Maltreatment 2010 reports that 6.2% of child abusers sexually abused as a child (page 77).
The 6% given on The Naitonal Center for Victims of Crime site is in stark contrast to 73% given on the Random Facts site.
There are several more contrasts with the data and generalizations presented when compared site to site and you might find it interesting. I AM NOT A RESEARCHER, a DATA ANALYZER, or even all that great with numbers. But I can read and comprehend. If I have made a mistake in what I think I read, please let me know. I understand that perhaps only known abusers were interviewed for the original %, but it is being presented as representing the totality of all of us, and that just isn't cool.