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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

High-Profile Cases in Congress and the Church (Part Four)

The next question the media raised was: Did Foley's abuse cause his offenses? If we apply the theory that all abused children have the potential to become the abuser, then the answer, in the case of Foley, is yes.

All sexual abuse survivors are set up to offend, first themselves and then their victims. Do all sexually abused children become sexual predators? They do not. But is is safe to say that all people who are sexually abused will have painful emotions around their sexuality, and they will be called on to confront their abuse during therapy.

The press also raised the question: Did Foley's sexual abuse make him gay? Again, the question can be answered only in hypothetical terms. Our theory indicates that individuals who act out with same-sex partners, and who were abused by someone of the same sex, are often repeating the pattern of abuse in an attempt to work through or resolve the original wound. The behavior does not always indicate sexual orientation. This confusion is a common issue in treatment for individuals who are in primary relationship with someone of the opposite sex but who act out with someone of the same sex. What is critical in the treatment is the resolution of the client's truth.

In reporting or discussion of offending sexual behaviors, the terminology describing an offense can easily be misused or misunderstood. These terms include "pedophile," "ephebofile," and ""hebefile." The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Diagnostic Disorders (DSM) lists three diagnostic criteria for pedophilia:

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