Alarm bells should go off over the tiny percentage of youth who are upsettingly solicited by people who are much older than them.
No victimization is acceptable, but we need to drill into understanding who is at risk and why if we want to intervene.
The same phenomenal research group, led by David Finkelhor, went on to analyze the recorded cases of sexual victimization linked to the internet and identified a disturbing pattern. Rather, those who were victimized were significantly more likely to be from abusive homes, grappling with addiction or mental health issues, and/or struggling with sexual identity.
Furthermore, the recorded incidents showed a more upsetting dynamic.
” And we’d also have safer adults, without cops trying to create crime so they can “discover” and pounce on it. If you’re like most parents, the mere mention of online sexual predators sends shivers down your spine.
Perhaps it prompts you to hover over your child’s shoulder or rally your school to host online safety assemblies.
This is where these adult lines are the perfect venue for meeting all sorts of new, like-minded individuals.
Because we have stopped raising children as a community, adults are often too afraid to step on other parents’ toes.
By and large, these youth portrayed themselves as older online, sought out interactions with older men, talked about sex online with these men, met up knowing that sex was in the cards, and did so repeatedly because they believed that they were in love.
These teenagers are being victimized, but the go-to solutions of empowering parents, educating youth about strangers, or verifying the age of adults won’t put a dent into the issue. We need to think about how to identify and support those at-risk, not build another an ad campaign What makes our national obsession with sexual predation destructive is that it is used to justify systematically excluding young people from public life, both online and off.
While it’s important to protect youth from dangers, a society based on fear-mongering is not healthy.
Let’s instead talk about how we can help teenagers be passionate, engaged, constructive members of society rather than how we can protect them from statistically anomalous dangers.