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1. Indeed, research shows that the majority of victims of child sexual abuse do not become perpetrators of child sexual abuse later in life (Salter et al. 2003)
2. Salter (2003: 1314), a psychologist and expert on sexual offending, claims that
in all the interviews I have done, I cannot remember one offender who did not admit privately to more victims than those for whom he had been caught. On the contrary, most offenders had been charged with and/or convicted of [offences against] from one to three victims. In the interviews I have done, they have admitted to roughly 10 to 1,250 victims.
3. Salter (2003: 11) goes on to cite research by Abel et al. (1987), which she claims found that
men who molest out-of-home female children averaged twenty victims.[and].men who molested out-of-home male children were even more activeaveraging 150 victims each.
Strictly speaking, this is correct; a self-report study by Abel et al. (1987) of non-incarcerated paraphiliacs (ie those with a range of sexually deviant fantasies and/or behaviours, including paedophiles) did find that paedophiles who committed non-incest offences against female victims averaged 20 victims each and that paedophiles who commit non-incest offences against male victims averaged 150 victims each.
4. Undoubtedly, there are some child sex offenders who victimise very large numbers of children. For example, in a recent case in the Netherlands, a man confessed to sexually abusing 83 children during his employment at two crches and as a babysitter (Dutch creche worker abused 83 children 9 News 12 January 2011. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8195429/dutch-creche-worker-admits-abusing-83-children). In another case documented by Salter (2003), a school athletics director abused children over a period of nearly 20 years. This man estimated he had abused 1,250 children.
5. As these examples suggest, this type of perpetrator usually has access to large numbers of children over an extended period of time. Many are professional perpetrators; that is, those who use the institutions or organizations within which they work to target and abuse children (Sullivan & Beech 2004: 39). Sullivan and Beechs (2004) study of professional perpetrators (n=41) found that 15 percent chose their occupation (eg clergy, teaching, child care) exclusively so they could sexually abuse children and a further 41.5 percent admitted that this was part of their motivation. In addition, Sullivan...