Contrary to popular belief sex offenders are not “dirty old men hiding in bushes."
While stranger rape is a reality, sexual abuse is frequently committed by someone the victim knows & trust. (i.e., a parent, family member, step-parent, neighbor, brother, cousin, babysitter, friend, teacher, coach, clergy, etc.)
A person who commits sexual abuse can be male or female, rich or poor, young or old. Sexual abuse does not discriminate it crosses all:
- educational status
- socioeconomic levels
There are no physical characteristics that will identify an individual as a sex offender. Sex offenders (male and female) come from all walks of life and look like ordinary people. Sex offenders are rarely strangers. They can come from any place within the family system and from any place within society.
The traits they possess in common are psychological rather than social, cultural, racial or economic.