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Child Sexual Abuse - Grooming
- Perpetrators of child sexual abuse (CSA) may gain the trust of potential child victims and their caregivers by methodically “grooming” them.
- This process begins with identifying potential victims, gaining their trust, and breaking down their defenses.
- Grooming also occurs with child’s parents/caregivers.
- Grooming helps the offender gain access to the victim, and sets up a relationship grounded in secrecy so that the crime is less likely to be discovered.
- Identifying and targeting the victim
- Gaining trust and access
- Playing a role in the child’s life
- Isolating the child
- Creating secrecy around the relationship
- Initiating sexual contact
- Controlling the relationship