The Grooming Process
The national center for Victims of Crime states the perpetrators may use grooming behaviors to gain the trust of a child and their guardians in order to gain access to a victim and create a relationship that is grounded in secrecy to lessen the chance of disclosure. Although any one sign may not indicate a grooming pattern, it is important for adults in our community to recognize these behaviors if they are happening.
The Grooming Process Can Include:
- Gaining Access To Children
- Gaining Trust
- Finding One To One Time
- Introducing Touch
A potential perpetrator may seek out opportunities to be around children in order to identify a vulnerable victim.