Tinfoil's question about fake-survivors also raised the question of whether there is a link between being abused and then going on to abuse others.

I have come across instances where children as young as 5 have abused other children. In most of these cases it seems to me that they must be acting out their own abuse in order to try to understand what happens to them and to try to get some power back by exercising it over others. I assume that these children, unless identified and treated effectively (stopping their abuse, helping them to come to terms with it, helping them to understand and control their own urges for revenge and dominance, etc), will be much more likely than others to go on to be adult abusers in their turn.

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