Child abuse has an even more damaging effect on its victims than previously thought, according to a new Harvard University study. Child sexual abuse may actually ‘scar’ DNA on the molecular level, leading to genetic damage that gets passed between generations.
Harvard University research based on a sample of men found differences in chemical marks within the genetic code of those who were sexually abused as children.
“We already know there are a lot of behavioral mechanisms by which trauma has negative effects on the next generation,” Harvard scientist Dr Andrea Roberts told The Independent.
“Trauma obviously really affects the behavior of people traumatized. It often makes them depressed, it gives them post-traumatic stress disorder, and those mental health conditions affect their parenting and affect the kids. This is another possible pathway.”
Using sperm samples from a small set of 34 men, of which 22 had…
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