Diane

Juvenile Sex Offenders – Part 3

Studies of families of children who have engaged in sexually aggressive behavior reveal they tended to be characterized as dysfunctional, evidencing high rates of parental separation, domestic violence, substance abuse, highly sexualized environments (e.g., exposing children to sexual activity, pornography, and both covert and overt sexual abuse), unsatisfactory role models, poor parent-child relationships, parental histories of childhood abuse and so on.1 The evidence points to family interactions as a primary source of the problem.

Diane

Child Abuse Perpetrator Behavior

Child abuse perpetrators, sad to say, are most of the time our fathers, mothers, uncles, grandfathers, stepfathers, brothers, cousins, or mother’s boyfriends. Because these perpetrators did not get their own developmental needs met when growing up, they turned to their own children, especially when there was marital strife, to get their emotional and distorted power needs met. Add to this picture drug abuse (which includes alcohol) and you can understand the high level of dysfunctional families in America.