Child Abuse Victims ‘More Likely To Be Unemployed In Later Years’

Study Sheds Light On Lasting Impact Of Ordeals


New research has suggested that male victims of child abuse are more likely to be unemployed in later years as a result of sickness or disability.
The Economic and Social Research Institute in Ireland made the conclusions after examining data from a survey of people aged over 50 in The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing at Trinity College.
It found that 5.6 per cent of men and 6.7 per cent of women reported suffering abuse as a child, with 17 per cent of men and 14 per cent of women who survived such ordeals then being out of work due to sickness or disability.
After taking factors including age and education into account, it was identified that abuse survivors were three times more likely to be affected by problems in later life.
Authors of the report suggested that the findings highlighted the long-term impact that abuse tends to have on victims.

Expert Opinion
These findings shine an important light on how victims of child abuse can continued to be affected by the traumas they have experienced many years after their ordeals.

"We see this in many of the cases in which we are involved, when people are still trying to come to terms with what they have been through and need continued support in order to ensure they can get the best from life.

"Such research emphasises why it is vital that victims are able to not only get justice regarding what they have faced – in the hope it may provide some element of closure – but also why they deserve and need ongoing help to move forward with their lives."
Tracey Storey, Partner