I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about an issue that someone sent me an email about. It concerned abuse victims, and their tendency to abuse others as adults. I spent some time researching it, and found just really little information, and contradictory information at that. Are abuse survivors more or less likely to become adult offenders? I don’t know. Some abuse survivors obviously have issues that lead them to act that way as adults when those issues aren’t resolved in healthy ways, but some don’t. It would be a mistake to distrust survivors because of the fear of them abusing, but it would also be a mistake to ignore the issues and allow a situation like that to continue.
In the end, I guess it’s just like any other group of people. Some may be out to abuse others, while others are practically incapable of it. The only way to know is to get to know the person in question and judge their character appropriately. It’s too bad that so many people don’t have the ability to judge the character of others. But then, in our new pluralistic society, we really aren’t supposed to judge others are we? Too bad, a little character judgement could go a long way.