5. Silbert and Pines (1981)

The experiment: Researchers interviewed 200 San Francisco prostitutes.  The interviews touched on history of sexual abuse, including rape and child sexual abuse.

The results:

  • 178 of 200 prostitutes reported child sexual abuse.

  • 193 of 200 prostitutes reported being raped as adults.

  • In other words, only 7 of these 200 prostitutes had never been raped or molested.

  • Without being asked about porn, 24% of the rape survivors spontaneously added that their attacker had specifically cited his porn use during the crime.

  • This was also true of 22% of the child sexual abuse survivors.

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