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. In fact, without the right kind of support, more than half (51%) of adults abused as children experience some form of abuse later in life. Myths like this affect survivors in many aspects of their lives, especially parenthood. There are many reasons that abusers do what they do. Although it is true to say that most adult perpetrators of child abuse (75%) were abused themselves as children, it is not true to assume that all abused children will grow up to be perpetrators. 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.