Sexual abuse is epidemic in our society today. While most people think of incest and child molestation as sexual abuse, there are other, more subtle forms, that can still have very negative and long term psychological and interpersonal effects. Thoug h often unrecognized, the exposure of children to pornography and adult sexual behavior is also sexual abuse. It can have effects similar to those of more severe sexual abuse, including depression, fearfulness, and nightmares in addition to other symptom s.
Sexual abuse can also involve non-contact experiences, for example a relative exposing him or herself to a child. This is considered sexually exploitive and can have long term negative psychological and interpersonal effects.
Sexual abuse can be verbal and emotional as well as physical. It includes exposing children to pornography or adult sexual behavior.
Study suggests that previous childhood sexual abuse and exposure to adult sexual behavior of many sex offenders led to a kind of imprinting in which they repeat same acts onto others.
This study used equation modeling to test a theoretical model of etiology of deviant sexual aggression by adolescents. Subjects were 117 juvenile male sexual offenders ages 12-19. Results indicate that physical abuse by the father and sexual abuse by males increase sexual aggression by subjects. Also, children's' bonding to their mother decreases their sexual aggression. Results are interpreted from a social learning perspective, and from a parent-child attachment or social control perspective.
Although the amount of time spent watching television is not linked to early sexual activity, the context under which sexual material is viewed is related to sexual activity.
Exposure to sexually stimulating materials may elicit aggressive behavior in youth who are predisposed to aggression. Sexually violent and degrading material elicits greater rates of aggression and may negatively affect male attitudes toward women.