What is Predatory Grooming, and How Do We Catch It?

Predatory grooming is how abusers trick and fool a child into thinking that the sexual abuse is “normal” or okay.

Our understanding of predatory grooming, and its horrific effects on victims, has increased dramatically over the past decade.

Understanding and identifying the signs of grooming do two things: it helps us identify and prevent potential child sexual abuse and help survivors heal from the shame that predatory grooming causes.

Here are some signs to watch out for and basic guidance for speaking with children about it.

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