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There are several characteristics that may signal the personality of a child predator. These may include the following:
* Child predators are typically afraid of adult intimacy.
* Child predators search out children who are vulnerable and easily manipulated.
* A child predator may refuse to take responsibility for his actions.
* A child predator generally needs to control others.
* A child predator may have been abused as a child.
* A child predator often has a great desire for power.
* Child predators typically have a low self-esteem.
If you have ever conducted a sexual predator search on a child predator web site, you may have been surprised at how long the predator report was. What drives a child molester to victimize a child?
* Child molesters get a thrill out of violating the trust of an innocent child.
* For some child molesters, a new conquest is just part of a game they are playing within themselves.
* Most child molesters are totally obsessed with children.
* They watch children, talk to them, and try to find ways to spend time with them.
* Child molesters typically observe the targeted child for some time so that they can better understand their vulnerabilities and act on them.
Do your part by routinely checking child predator Web sites and generating predator lists of sexual offenders in your area. A predator search can help you know just who might be out there ready to harm your child.
Some people don't understand how a child can be drawn into a child molestor's world. How do so many child molestors get away with assaulting children?
We need to keep in mind that these children don't think like adults do. Child molestors typically target lonely children who are vulnerable in some way. Maybe they are just naturally shy. Maybe they come from a single parent home. Maybe they are approaching puberty and feel awkward and unsure of themselves. Whatever the reason, a child molestor will pick up on the weaknesses and doubts of a child and weasel his way into that child's psyche.
The targeted child may only see that someone is totally interested in him or her. He or she may bask in the extra attention that the child molestor gives. As the bond between the child and the molestor strengthens, the physical abuse begins. By then, it may be very difficult for a child to turn on his new friend.
You may think that your child is perfectly safe from the advances of a child predator simply because you know where he/she is at all times. Your child isn't lonely, and you and he do lots of things together. You may feel that he doesn't fit the profile of a child predator's target. Think again.
With the influx of Internet usage in a vast majority of homes, your child just isn't safe! Child predators prowl the Web looking for their next victims. They may pose as another child or teen on sites such as FaceBook or MySpace. They may tell your child any number of lies and continue to do so until they've established a relationship. By then, your child may have become more secretive and protective of that relationship.
Take steps now to protect your child!
* Keep your computer in a a popular area of your home, such as the kitchen, living room, etc.
* Use the parental controls that your Internet Service Provider offers.
* Talk to your children and tell them never to hand out personal information.
* Warn your child about the dangers of child predators.
* If you are worried that someone who has contacted your child is a child predator, access the child predator Web site.
* Do a child predator search by inputing that person's e-mail address.
* Be proactive to keep your child safe!
If you suspect that someone in your family or someone you know might be a child molester, consider the following characteristics of an incestuous or interfamilial molester.
* Usually an adult male, such as a father, step-father, live-in boyrfriend of the mom, uncle, older brother, or grandfather).
* May use threats to continue the molestation.
* Threats may include harming another family member, blaming the child for breaking up the family, or turning on a younger sibling if the child tells.
* Molestation may occur over an extended time period, even years.
If you suspect that a child is being molested, contact your local law agency immediately!
There are several characteristics that surround the personality of a child predator. These may include the following:
* They are afraid of adult intimacy, so they search out children, who are easily manipulated.
* A child predator usually refuses to take responsibility for his actions.
* H/She generally has a need for controlling others and for power.
* A child predator may have been abused as a child.
* Low self-esteem.
Can you recognize a child predator or child molester just by how he looks? Probably not. Child predators come from all walks of life. They can be educated or non-educated, rich or poor, old or young. They can be strangers, or they may be a relative. They can be your neighbor, your child's coach, or the local director of a children's day camp.
Because you really can't know if the people your child comes in contact with might just be child predators, you have to educate them about safety.
Child molesters typically target vulnerable children. Keep your child safe.
* Never leave her unsupervised in a public place or even in your front yard.
* Don't allow her to roam the neighborhood by herself or even walk down the street alone.
* Don't leave her at places that are havens for children, such as public parks, video arcades, even the mall.
* Be sure you talk to your child about her body, and her right not to be touched.
* Continue to educate her as she grows, and start early!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|