The Internet also serves as a tool for predators to exchange tips on the avoidance of law enforcement detection.
The most common means by which sexual predators contact children over the Internet is through chat rooms, instant messages and email.
Here you may speak freely without identifying yourself.
At times the path to healing may seem an arduous and somewhat frightening one, but you don't have to go through it alone.
In fact, 89% of sexual solicitations were made in either chat rooms or instant messages and 1 in 5 youth (ages 10-17 years) has been sexually solicited online (JAMA, 2001).
Children may think they know, but unless it's a school friend or a relative, they really can't be sure.
(Click here to find your time zone) “You gave me hope 🙂 Crying tears of happiness because I finally had someone listen and help me.” Reaching out for help can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never spoken to anyone about the abuse before.
Sometimes it’s hard to describe how you’re feeling out loud.
I found support here that I literally wasn't able to find anywhere else.
One of the attractions of the Internet is the anonymity of the user, and this is why it can be so dangerous.
Hidden behind screen names that are pseudonyms, they gather online and swap child pornography with amazing speed and in amounts beyond our wildest imagination, which excites them to molest even more.