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How Do Offenders Get to Children

Grooming Behaviors

Before children are sexually abused, they are often groomed by abusers. Do you know the signs?

  • Special attention or gifts
  • Isolating the child from others
  • Filling needs and roles within the family
  • Treating the child as they are older
  • Gradually crossing physical boundaries, even in public

Learn the signs, stop the abuse.

Online Predators

The FBI estimates there are up to 750,000 child predators online.

  • Offenders may lure minors into doing things such as sexual acts or creating child pornography.
  • Online gaming, messaging, chatrooms and more could create the opportunity for child grooming,
Man lying about his identity using text messages
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