MYTH: If someone is sexually abused during their childhood, they are likely to become an abuser themselves. This harmful myth is as offensive as it is untrue, and can sometimes be used to try and justify/explain the behaviour of perpetrators. The majority of survivors never go on to abuse. Myths like this affect survivors in many aspects of their lives, especially parenthood. The vast majority of child abuse survivors will never perpetrate sexual abuse and are utterly appalled by the insinuation that they are capable of such an act.