More often abuse is a process and not a single event.
Learning how some abusers may approach children can help you identify patterns of risky behavior, and provide the chance for you to intervene.
Filing a report can result in holding the person who is abusing accountable and getting them treatment so that they will be able to stop abusive behaviors.
Keys to Intervening Most children who are sexually abused, are abused by someone they know and trust, yet there is no single profile of an adult who sexually offends children.
Use these resources to help you talk about safety planning and to find resources for an adult whose behaviors worry you.
Speaking Up If you are seeing warning signs or risky behaviors, raising your concerns with other adults can be the first step to protecting a child.
Find information below on how the registry works and how to use it effectively.
If you’re not sure if the behaviors that worry you are significant, seek guidance from professionals or organizations with relevant expertise, or talk to other trusted adults who are close to the situation.
Safety Planning It’s important to plan for safety when concerned about an adult’s behaviors.
While research has generated important insights about the etiology of sexual offending, our understanding of the causes and origins of sexually abusive behavior arguably remains rudimentary.
There are multiple reasons why it is important to be concerned with the etiology of sexual offending.