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Child Sexual Abusers Tend To Be A Crafty And Elusive Bunch

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The public's general reaction to a case of child sexual abuse probably goes something like this: "The adult who did that is evil and should burn in hell."
Such a response is understandable, but abusers tend to be smart--and that can make it extremely difficult to intervene in child sexual abuse cases.
That was the take-home lesson from a conference recently that featured several experts in one Midwestern state. The event took place as the Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse is focusing on solutions to a problem that has made headlines since the Jerry Sandusky case broke at Penn State last November.
All of this resonates with your humble blogger because the conference was in Springfield, Missouri, my hometown. I can't remember ever hearing about a case of child sexual abuse when I was growing up. But now my old neck of the woods apparently has a significant problem with it. From The Springfield News-Leader:

Mark Webb became Marionville police chief after retiring from the Springfield Police Department.


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Although Springfield has far more than its fair share of child sex abuse cases, Webb said he was shocked to find the proliferation of child abuse in the more rural area where he now works.


"They go to these areas because they know there's no law enforcement and what there is is very limited in their ability to investigate," Webb said.


"Their risk of being apprehended, these guys, they know the risk is minimized. They're out there with the police they might hang out with at the coffee shop."


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They know where they'll be trusted. They know who will look the other way.


They know the kids who won't tell.


But it's also common for others to build bonds with families to prey on the children. The term is called grooming, and often the parents are groomed right along with the kids.

 

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