“Danger Mines!” Warning sign re: hidden mine shafts, Sri Lanka, Author Adam Jones, Source Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)
We have all heard reports of online child molesters who haunt websites popular with children and teens; assume false identities; make use of the details on public profiles to entice victims to a meeting; then abduct them. Any parent’s blood would run cold at the thought.
Far more often, however, it is statutory rape rather than abduction that results from online predation .
Research shows that the vast majority of teens who interact with an unknown individual online are aware when that individual is an adult, whether the interaction is via email, instant messaging or a chatroom. Any deception that takes place is more likely to involve love than identity.
If the adult is a predator (typically 10 or more years older than the victim), sex is usually mentioned up front…
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