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Simons, D., Wurtele, S., & Durham, R. (2008). Developmental experiences of child sexual abusers and rapists. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32(5), 549-560.

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According to the study, child molesters experienced more sexual abuse as children, saw more pornography, and had an earlier onset of masturbation than rapists. Both expressed similar exposure to violent media as children. They also both had greater detachment from their parents when growing up. Child sexual abusers' childhood developmental stories are more sexualized and rapists' had more violence.