Parenting with past abuse

By: Austyn, Kristen and Brooke

Parents with past sexual or phyical abuse

  1. Mothers with a history of childhood abuse reported more problems with children of their own than fathers.
  2. Men who have had past abuse are more likely to not even be in the child's life.
  3. Victims of sexual childhood abuse are more likely to physically abuse their own child.


  1. More than 50% of abusive mothers have been severely abused by their own fathers. Not only do these mothers feel like they have a lack of control in situations but used harsher methods of discipline because the behavior of the child might trigger emotional flash backs.
  2. More men are raped in the U.S. than woman, according to figures that include sexual abuse in prisons. In 2008, it was estimated 216,000 inmates were sexually assaulted while serving time, according to the Department of Justice figures. That is compared to 90,479 rape cases outside of prison
  3. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape
  4. About 3% of American men — or 1 in 33 — have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.