Contact law enforcement as soon as it is safe for you and/or the victim.Avoid harm to yourself and/or the victim: Do not confront the abuser yourself.
The offender may assume a caring role, befriend the child, or even exploit their position of trust and authority to groom the child and/or the child’s family.
These individuals intentionally build relationships with the adults around a child or seek out a child who may have fewer adults in her/his life.
It usually begins with subtle behavior that may not initially appear to be inappropriate, such as paying a lot of attention to the child or being very affectionate.
Many victims of grooming and sexual abuse do not recognize they are being manipulated, nor do they realize how grooming is a part of the abuse process.
If you are concerned about a sex offender in your neighborhood, there are several courses of action. Web site provides tips about what you can do if a sex offender resides in your neighborhood.
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They can be neighbors, babysitters, religious leaders, teachers, coaches, or anyone else who has close contact with children.
Fact: In as many as 93 percent of child sexual abuse cases, the child knows the person that commits the abuse. In the majority of cases, the perpetrator is someone the parents or child knows, and that person may be in a position of trust or responsibility to the child and family.
Some offenders will test a child’s personal safety awareness to determine the risk that the child will tell an adult.
Offenders are less likely to victimize a child if they think the child will tell.
It is much more beneficial to children to help them build the confidence and self-esteem they need to stay as safe as possible in any potentially dangerous situation they encounter rather than teaching them to be “on the lookout” for a particular type of person.