If you worry about the possibility of children being abused, and take steps to protect children and avoid harm, what might that say about your intentions, about the kind of person you are trying to be? What does the research say about sexual offending? If you are making plans to set up a situation to sexually abuse a child or anyone else, seek appropriate help as soon as possible, call a helpline, talk to someone who can assist you. Child Abuse and Neglect, 9, — As an original contribution to the literature, we identified four factors that may be associated with a boy's transition from victim to offender as well as the methodological issues to be addressed in future research. How might this mean you are different from the person who abused you? Has the fear of abusing been a source of worry for you? There are a range of factors that have been identified as being linked to sexual offending, and there are disputes amongst researchers as to which of these is most significant. Each individual who commits sexual abuse has deliberately chosen to do so. British Journal of Psychiatry, , — There is a difference between what happens in nightmares and how we behave when awake, between fantasy and reality. In Sexual Abuse of Children: Unfortunately, this particular topic has been characterised by misinformation and overly simplistic treatment. They looked for factors which increased or decreased the risk of committing a sexual offence on children of either gender, adolescent and adult women, or both. Some report that as children or young people they were pressured to do this by the person who offended against them, sometimes threatening, coercing or encouraging them to do this. Being sexually abused does not cause someone to sexually offend.