Grooming and Sex Offenders

For extensive information about grooming and sex offenders, go to the 'Information' section of this website.

What is grooming?

Grooming is when a person tries to ‘set up’ and ‘prepare’ another person to be the victim of sexual abuse. Although not all sexual-abuse is preceded by grooming, it is a very common and deceitful process, which can be used by strangers or by those known to the victim. The method can take quite a while (even months and years), and can be very subtle and sneaky. Victims of grooming often do not realise that they are being manipulated until after they have been sexually abused, and even then, some victims do not see how the grooming led to their abuse.

In the offline world, groomers use many techniques to prepare their victims, such as;

  • giving inappropriate attention to children,
  • giving gifts,
  • manipulating a child through threats or coercion
  • openly or accidentally exposing the victim to nudity and sexual material
  • sexualising physical contact, such as inappropriate tickling and wrestling,
  • having an inappropriate and intrusive interest into children’s physical and sexual development,
  • having inappropriate social boundaries (e.g., telling the potential victims about their own personal problems etc).

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