The Psychological Profiles of Child Abusers and Their Victims
A literary review of peer reviewed scholarly articles was performed about the mental implications and results of child abuse. What constitutes abuse was discussed as well as the possible factors in the development of an abusive personality. The psyche of the child was examined and the long term effects were studied.
May 16, 2004
"'It's a predilection, it's an obsession, it's-- they're child abusers hunters and predators. They don't stop,'" (King 2002). John Walsh had been studying people who victimize children for twenty-one years when he said this. Walsh admits that he had no interest in the criminal element until his six and a half year old son, Adam, was kidnapped, molested, and brutally murdered on film. During his time on "America's Most Wanted" he has helped in the capture of dangerous criminals in over thirty countries. In his tenure on the show Walsh became quite intimate with the criminal mind. He does not believe that predators of young children "can be cured". Walsh contends that the individual's predilection for children "is their sexual preference." People who are liable to be "predatorily" later in life shows signs from an early age (Trainor 2004). Children who abuse animals are liable to go on to even more atrocious acts as they grow up. "There's no sensitivity to feelings at all in these children." Brenda Spencer abused and killed two children by the time she was sixteen. As a child Spencer enjoyed hurting animals; she often set them on fire. The feeling of power over another being is one of the leading causes of people hurting others. This, along with other signs can be watched for in determining whether or not someone is a possible risk of becoming a child abuser or pedophile.
Some people do not believe that a profile can be made (Cowan 2002). Profilers, they say, cannot make an accurate picture of a person without having met the...