Which Children are Most at Risk?

NSPCC: “Most sexual abuse happens within the family home or familiar surroundings and is carried out by someone well known to the child”.

Sexual abusers rarely pick children at random. Skilled at identifying children who may be vulnerable to their approach, they are likely to single out a child who is:

  • Too trusting
  • Lacking love and affection
  • Lonely or bereaved
  • Low in confidence
  • Bullied
  • Disabled
  • Not good at communicating
  • In care or away from home
  • Already a victim of abuse

Sometimes, they will choose a child who is eager to succeed in sport or in school or who has interests which make it easy for the abuser to get ‘under the radar’ and manipulate that child.

Some sexual abusers may fixate on children of a particular age, gender, ethnic background or physique. Others will focus on children who are vulnerable and easily accessible.

Abusers are very unlikely to opt for a confident, happy, well-adjusted child. So, if you want to protect your children, bring them up to be confident, happy and well-adjusted and educated about an abuser’s behaviour. It’s their (and your) best defence against your child being abused.