In other words, even if the child consented to the sexual activity, it does not make it any less than sexual abuse because of the involvement of an older person. The literature on the antecedents of adult sexual offending behaviors has highlighted the need for greater research on the connection between sexual victimization and adult sexual offenses (Easton et al., 2011; Jespersen, Lalumière, & Seto, 2009). The abused-to-abuser hypothesis is a relevant hypothesis because it can result to greater resources provided for the long-term treatment of the psychological wounds of sexual abuse for child victims, which can lead to the prevention of their potential development as sexual offenders.
This study is a basic research because it aims to answer fundamental questions about human behavior, specifically the connection between child sexual trauma and adult sexual behaviors (Cozby, 2012; Creswell, 2009). It does not assume that experiencing sexual abuse during childhood is enough to turn them into future adult sexual offenders, including being pedophiles, for instance. Instead, it aims to understand the interconnection of internal and external variables that facilitate the development of adult sexual criminals. For this paper, sexual offenders include predominantly those who sexually abuse children, although they may also sexually assault adolescents and adults. The emphasis is on how some child victims who experienced sexual trauma become sexual offenders and why this happens, despite the existence of publicly-funded treatment for these cases.
This matter is of significance to this student because of being personally involved in doing some research on child sexual abuse. This student wants to understand the development path of abused-to-abuser hypothesis and to contribute to the theory and practice that can help stop its progress. In order to reduce bias, criteria in assessing the quality of resources are used, specifically using relevant and recent studies