Normally, I’m pretty liberal…

But when it comes to adults that abuse kids, especially in a sexual way?

Fuck em. (No pun intended)

If your idea of fun is inappropriately touching a 6 year old? The idea of a public stoning doesn’t sound too bad.

When discussing the recidivism rate for convicted sex offenders, you will hear estimates all over the place. The most comprehensive long term study I was able to find which followed sex offenders for 25 years after release found that 52% are caught re-offending (“Recidivism Rates Among Child Molesters and Rapists: A Methodological Analysis”, Law and Human Behavior, Volume 21, Number 6, December 1997 , pp. 635-659(25) .) This covers sex offenders on a whole, including both child and adult victims. Through all the studies I perused, they all seemed to show the same trends, recidivism was higher for offenders with victims under the age of 12, higher for boys than girls and most offenders were caught for a repeat offense within 5 years from release. That would be those who are actually caught. Because one thing I do know about prisons is they tend to breed smarter criminals. They have nothing but time to sit and figure out how NOT to get caught next time.

And what happens to these kids? It varies a lot depending on the type and frequency of the abuse, the age of the child and who the perpetrator was (stranger vs. family member etc.) but short term effects often include;

  • Inappropriate sexual knowledge or behavior 
  • Nightmares or bed-wetting (we’re talking chronic here, not a kid with a bladder problem)
  • Large weight changes/major changes in appetite
  • Depression and suicide attempts, especially in adolescents
  • Withdrawing from physical contact
  • Running away from home
  • Overly protective and concerned for siblings
  • Sleeping & eating disorders
  • Self-mutilation
  • Phobias
  • Psychosomatic symptoms (stomachaches, headaches)
  • School problems (absences, drops in grades)
  • Poor hygiene/excessive bathing
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Regressive behaviors – thumb-sucking, etc.

(list adapted from In the long run? (okay, here’s where I get all statistical and boring)

A 2005 study sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), showed that maltreatment in childhood(abuse of any kind, not just sexual) increased the likelihood of arrest as a juvenile by 59% and as an adult by 28%. Abuse as a child also increased the likelihood of arrest for a violent crime by 30%. For girls, abuse or necglect raised the liklihood of arrest by 77%. An earlier study by the NIJ (in 1994) showed children who were sexually abused were 28 times more likely than a control group of non-abused children to be arrested for prostitution as an adult. Another study from 1997 by the DOJ showed that in a sample of 1,000 7th and 8th grade kids from urban areas had a 25% increased risk factor for serious delinquency (assaults, drug use), poor school performance, symptoms of mental illness and pregnancy if they were victims of abuse or neglect. Kids who were victims of abuse or neglect in childhood ARE more likely to become perpetrators of violent crime of some type when older BUT stats for childhood sexual abuse victims are no higher than for victims of other types of childhood abuse and neglect and the vast majority of childhood sexual abuse victims are not arrested for sex crimes or any other crimes as adults. (NIJ)

 So my feelings? Castration? Death Penalty? A scarlet “M” tattooed on their forehead?

I actually had to go into Princess Punk’s facebook account the other day and delete a picture she had posted of The Peach, naked and grinning on a blanket on the floor. A perfectly innocent, adorable picture that happened to show a nekkid baby tushie and I had to explain to my 12-year-old that we can’t post pictures like that online because there are evil, gross, nasty people out there who would find that sexually arousing.
 Just the thought of it makes me furious.
 Stay the fuck away from my kids or I will cut you.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. filltheirbellies
    Aug 11, 2012 @ 09:53:47

    As a child of sexual abuse I can say that I am thankful that I did not become an adult statistic. One thing not mentioned by many who study these cases is the lasting affect on future intimate relationships, primarily a marriage. I know for myself, and it jas been over 30 years since my abuse, that there is conscious but primarily subconscious issues that arise and to this day I struggle to decipher and overcome. I will agree 100% with you, I would cut, hack, destroy and obliterate slowly and as painfully as possible ANYONE who would injure my child in this way.


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