In a simplistic sense a victim is someone who receives abuse. In the case of child abuse the child is always the victim. The child has no choice or power in the abuse. The adult always has choice and power. 
Children who are repeatedly abused from an early age develop coping strategies for emotional and sometimes physical survival. This behaviour may be carried forward in to adult life where the client may seek out abusive relationships and environments. 
Often one of the main aims of therapy is to enable the client to let go of the role of being a victim. 
It is probably only over the past 50 or so years that child abuse has been recognised. As yet the statistical data is incomplete. As more reliable data on child abuse becomes available many myths are being exploded. Sadly it seems that child abuse is prevalent in all facets of our society and although men are more likely to abuse information on women as abusers is emerging.

Even though the accuracy of current data is open to question it is apparent that child sexual abuse is widespread in our society and figures continue to increase with more contemporary surveys. 
Reporting of abuse against males is increasing. It is also likely that men are becoming more willing to accept that they were abused in ways which were acceptable to society in the past.

With effective therapy victims of child abuse can reassess their experiences and move forward in to a life which is not controlled by their history.