There is no one physical characteristic, profession, or personality type that all child molesters share. Child molesters can be any sex or race, and their religious affiliations, occupations and hobbies are as diverse as anyone else's. A child molester may appear to be charming, loving, and completely good-natured while harboring predatory thoughts that he or she is adept at hiding. That means you should never dismiss the idea that someone could be a child molester out of hand.
2. Know that most child molesters are known to the children they abuse.
Thirty percent of children who have been sexually abused were abused by a family member, and 60 percent were abused by an adult they knew who was not a family member. That means only 10 percent of children who are sexually abused were targeted by a total stranger. •In most cases, the child molester turns out to be someone known to the child through school or another activity, such as a neighbor, teacher, coach, member of the clergy, music instructor, or babysitter.
•Family members like fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, stepparents, and so on may also be sexual predators.
3. Know the common characteristics of a child molester.
While anyone can turn out to be a child molester, the majority of child molesters are men, regardless of whether their victims are male or female. Many sexual predators have a history of abuse in their own past, either physical or sexual.
•Some also have mental illness, such as a mood or personality disorder.
•Heterosexual and homosexual men are equally likely to be child molesters. The idea that homosexual men are more likely to be child molesters is a complete myth.
•Female child molesters are more likely to abuse boys than girls.
4. Be aware of common behaviors demonstrated by child molesters.
Pedophile child molester often don't display as much interest in adults as they do in children. They may have jobs that allow