Traumatic Brain Injury and Sexually Offensive Behaviors

J Child Sex Abus. Nov-Dec 2018;27(8):972-977. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2018.1510454. Epub 2018 Sep 13.


Sexually offensive behavior is known to be one of many consequences of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This article provides a brief review of research to ascertain the effects of TBI in childhood and adulthood as related to cognitive, behavioral, social, and sexual behaviors. Brain impairment is also identified as a result of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Individuals with sexual offending histories are found to have experienced high numbers of ACEs. Sexually offensive and sexual offending behaviors post-TBI appears to occur in between 3.5 and 9% of affected adults (Simpson, Blaszczynski & Hodgkinson, 1999; Simpson, Sabaz & Daher, 2013). It is recommended that treatment providers make themselves aware of the relationship between TBI, ACEs, and sexually offensive behavior and how this may affect the treatment process.

Keywords: ACEs; Traumatic brain injury; adverse childhood experiences; learning and memory; sexual offending; sexually offensive behaviors.

MeSH terms

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Brain Injuries, Traumatic / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Sex Offenses / psychology*