Child Sex Offenders Are Usually "Known" to the Victim

Jan 02, 2014

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Recently, 348 people were apprehended resulting from a three-year worldwide child pornography investigation. More importantly, nearly 386 children were rescued from sexual abuse. The most alarming part of this story: some of the perpetrators included pastors, doctors, nurses, school teachers, policemen, foster parents, and coaches.  Source

Investigators found 45 terabytes of sexually explicit videos and images, including horrific sexual acts against very young children, that had been distributed to over 50 countries via a website that generated $4 million dollars a year, and that has since been shut down.  

One of the most alarming examples of those arrested was a retired Canadian school teacher who had collected over 350,000 images and 9,000 videos of child sexual abuse. Some images were of children the man knew; he was also charged with sexually abusing one of his relatives (a child).  Source

It's a good idea to speak to you child about sex offenders.  They are not always "strangers." It's more likely they are a coach, teacher, pastor, or relative.  In fact, in most cases, sex abusers are known to the victim.

As difficult as it is, it's important to speak with your child about sex offenders and their behaviors.  Children are naïve and unsuspecting. Talk about behaviors that adults might exhibit that can potentially be inappropriate, such as:

  • grooming - where the adult talks about common interests to gain trust or to gain personal information
  • an invitation to meet face-to-face, alone
  • getting a ride somewhere with the adult, alone
  • staying after school or practice, alone
  • close physical contact such as inappropriate hugging or touching

It's also recommended that parents monitor their child's friends, pictures and comments on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn to be aware of inappropriate language or contact.  Net Nanny Social will do just that.