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Recapitulation of the victimization experience: A critical review of the literature

26 July 1996


Professional literature almost universally concludes that there is a victim-victimizer cycle to childhood sexual abuse-a former victim of sexual abuse is more likely to become a child sexual abuse victimizer than a nonvictim. However, closer scrutiny of the literature suggests that such a conclusion, at least on a global basis, may be premature-the empirical work supporting this contention has not adequately addressed whether such a cycle truly exists. The purpose of this thesis is to review the literature bearing on the claim that there is a victim-victimizer cycle of childhood sexual abuse.


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