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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The "I-Was-Abused-as-a-Child" Claim

     In a series of three studies, sex offenders who claimed they were abused as a child were 67 percent, 65 percent, and 61 percent when [they were not asked to take a polygraph test.] When threatened with a polygraph test (and conditional immunity), the offenders who claimed they were abused as children were 29 percent, 32 percent, and 30 percent, respectively. The polygraph groups reported approximately half the amount of victimization as children as the non-polygraph groups did.

     Nonetheless, the notion that most sex offenders were victims has spread throughout the field of sexual abuse and is strangely comporting for most professionals. [That's because most criminologists want to believe that crime is the fault of society, not the individual. For example, criminologists blame murder on guns rather than on the criminals who use them. It's easier to pass gun control legislation than turn killers into law obeying citizens.]

Anna C. Salter, Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders, 2004

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