Sexual Predators And Its Effects On Children

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A sexual predator is a person who hunts for or seek another person for sexual contacts. These contacts are sometimes violent and abusive. Each year, countless children around the world fall prey to sexual predators. These young victims are left with permanent psychological, physical, and emotional scars. A large number of sexual predators are utilizing the Internet to prey on vulnerable children through chat rooms, social media and instant messages. Because of their immature and embryonic minds, most children develop a sense that sexual predators do not exist or that it will never happen to them. Sexual predators do exist and pose a real threat to children. An ABC News report entitled, Epidemic Online: 50,000 Predators a Minute, highlights the 50,000 predators online at any given time (Thomas, n.d.). These predators are likely luring profiles or hiding in chat rooms in search of children as sex targets. Predators hunt for both boys and girls of all ages and use the anonymity of the Internet to create fake profiles to become whomever they want. Predators know that a growing number of children are now on the Internet, therefore, they take advantage of this opportunity as it allows easy access and increased opportunities to privately communicate with potential children. Often children fearlessly, knowingly and willingly talk to strangers about their sexual desires. They may start by sending friendly messages back and forth while requesting that the child keep their communication a secret from their parents. Initial conversations may seem safe, but later lead to demands for explicit pictures, videos and demands to meet in secluded places. This along facilitates awareness that children need more protection online. Online Sexual Pre... ... middle of paper ... ...mercial sex act, in which the commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age. Regardless of the acts, child sex exploitation and trafficking are illegal and carries rigid punishment. What can parents do? The key to combatting online sexual exploitation, trafficking predators and other inappropriate online activities is to speak up and tell someone. However, often children may be unwilling to report online encounters of a sexual nature for fear of embarrassment and potential scrutiny from parents. Parents, if you discover that your child has been solicited online, call your local law enforcement agency. You may also report this behavior to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 's online at CyberTipline.com or call 1-800-843-5678 24 hours, 7 days a week.
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