Issues in Pedophilia

It might start in a chat room.  A 13 year-old girl meets a 18 year-old boy from another state. They talk and compare school, parents, and life.  He tells her she’s very mature for her age and how glad he is to have met her.  They talk again and again.  He convinces her that she’s really not appreciated by her family and it’s obvious to him that her parents prefer her sister.  It’s OK though, because she has him.  They switch to phone calls.  He knows when to call her when she can talk alone.  He convinces her they should meet.  She has a two-day swim meet in another town and he says he’ll meet her there.  The team spends the night in a hotel and she is in a room with 3 other girls.  He parents came to the meet and are staying in the same hotel.  He calls her and tells he, too, has taken a room in the hotel.  Since her parents are there, they have to be careful.  Could she come to his room at 10:00?  She tells her friend where she’s going and leaves.  The friend becomes fearful and decides to call her  mom.  The mom calls hotel security and when they get to the room, instead of an 18 year old boy, they find a 43 year-old man with their 13-year old daughter.  Now this may seem far-fetched to many parents and teachers.  The girl was an honor student, cheerleader, champion swimmer, and seemed to have plenty of friends.  She was not the kind of girl one would expect to fall prey to this sort of man.  However, kids are not always what we see on the surface.  During their teen years they face peer pressure to fit in, insecurities about who they are, and an intense desire to be liked.

Following are some of the results found in a survey of 5,001 youths which was co-authored by David Finkelhor, the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, which teamed with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on the study.

Online Victimization: A Report on the Nation’s Youth released in 2001 found that:

  • One in five teens who regularly hang out on the Net have run into a stranger who suggested cybersex.  In 75% of the occurrences, the teen brushed the offender off.
  • One in thirty-three received aggressive online solicitation, where they were asked to meet, was called on the phone, or received mail or gifts.
  • One in four children last year were subject to undesired exposure of photos of people having sex or of naked people.  This was true even in the 33% of the households that used Internet blocking software.
  • One in 17 of the children last year received threats, including those where they were threatened with harm to friends or family.
  • 66% of those reporting a sexual advance were female.
  • 70% of incidents happened while the youngster was on a home computer.
  • 65% occurred while in a chat room; 24% came by instant message.
  • 29% of kids told a friend or sibling; 24% told a parent.
  • 25% reported at least one unwanted exposure to sexual pictures.

The report warns that simple cautions such as “Don’t talk to strangers” are unrealistic. Such cautions also are likely to go unheeded, especially by older teens, which are targeted most often by online sexual solicitors: 77% of kids propositioned were 14 or older. ( Tech Report http://www.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/cti055.htm  and Protecting Children Online http://itmatters.com.ph/column/yam_07192001.html )

The above statistics stand on their own to represent the enormity of the problem before us. As more and more homes are connected to the Internet, more children are subject to these kinds of dangers.

 

Provided by

DR WIDODO JUDARWANTO
FIGHT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND PEDOPHILIA 

Yudhasmara Foundation

JL TAMAN BENDUNGAN ASAHAN 5 JAKARTA PUSAT, JAKARTA INDONESIA 10210

PHONE : (021) 70081995 – 5703646

email : judarwanto@gmail.com, 

https://pedophiliasexabuse.wordpress.com/

Copyright © 2009, Fight Child Sexual Abuse and Pedophilia  Network  Information Education Network. All rights reserved 

Provided by

DR WIDODO JUDARWANTO
FIGHT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND PEDOPHILIA

Yudhasmara Foundation

JL TAMAN BENDUNGAN ASAHAN 5 JAKARTA PUSAT, JAKARTA INDONESIA 10210

PHONE : (021) 70081995 – 5703646

email : judarwanto@gmail.com,

https://pedophiliasexabuse.wordpress.com/

Copyright © 2009, Fight Child Sexual Abuse and Pedophilia  Network  Information Education Network. All rights reserved

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