CSAAM 2012 Tweets | April 19
- Invisible Scars – Message from Tulir
- The topic for today’s CSA tweets is why are some children soft targets, what makes some children more vulnerable to abuse. #CSAAM
- Some children are more vulnerable to being CSA targets because of various factors. #CSAAM
- The following information has been sourced from
: Predatory behavior begins by identifying ‘soft targets’.
- Predators will often target remarkably mundane or common things for clues of vulnerability: Condition of clothing like socks, or mismatched
- Clothing inappropriate for weather, or equipment not in sync with what other kids have. #softtargets #CSAAM
- Predators look for clues as to a child’s vulnerability even from hair, nails, cleanliness. A child who seems neglected will crave affection.
- Children with cognitive delays or disabilities are abused sexually (and physically) at alarming rates-they are vulnerable soft targets.
- A child who is not forewarned about the dangers of abuse is a soft target for a pedophile. You can do it in an age appropriate way.
- Teaching a child to follow his/ her instincts and say a firm “No” to an abuser, could prove to be very effective. #CSAAM
- Street children, children in homes, foster care, are soft targets for abusers, they are starved of affection, and have no authority figure..
- Write for @CSAawareness Your words can make a difference. Spread awareness. Spread the word among your peers. Visit @
- Children who are starved for affection will be easily groomed. Grooming is the process by which an abuser gains a victim’s trust.
- Child sex abusers fear being caught. They are less likely to target a child who has parents actively interested in their child’s welfare.
- Children should be taught that not all adults are to be trusted, that children have the right to question what adults do with them.
- Some abusers have observed that they can intuitively pick out the vulnerable child. #CSAAM
- Children may be more vulnerable to CSA because of emotional insecurity, high levels of trust, poor self-esteem, and emotional deprivation.
- Sex offenders often target children who seem less likely to tell, such as those wt emotional, developmental, or physical challenges
- Children are at risk if they have been brought up to blindly obey adults, to not refuse adults no matter what. #CSAAM
- CSA in News – 19th April
- A child who is socially isolated, for whatever reason, might also be vulnerable to CSA. Abusers groom a needy child then abuse him or her.
- Children from dysfunctional and abusive families are most vulnerable, because they seek affection. #CSAAM
- A video – Speak Up ! It’s not your fault – (part 2)
- A child is especially susceptible if he or she feels unloved, has low self-esteem, regularly spends time unsupervised.
- Sex offenders commonly engage children by spending time with them, playing games, showing them special attention or giving them gifts.
- Offenders forge an emotional bond through frequent contact, positive interactions and by telling the child that they “understand” them.
- The emotional bond leads to non-sexual physical contact like physical play such as wrestling, affectionate touching, giving back-rubs etc.
- In this way the offender tests the child’s boundaries and gradually desensitizes the child to overt sexual touch.
- Sweden: Woman, 19, convicted of sexually exploiting 13-year-old boy after falsely claiming boy raped her –
- The following tweets have been sourced from
- Risk factors in a child’s environment or household : Settings where secrecy is frequently permitted or encouraged
- Significant stress in family (death, current divorce, or job loss)
- CSA Awareness Month by Shemeer
- The Wall by Shobha
- Children being viewed or talked about in adult sexual terms. Domestic violence in the home. #CSAAM
- Settings where there is little or no physical, emotional or sexual privacy. #CSAAM
- Witnessing situations where sex is exchanged for money, drugs, privileges or protection. #CSAAM
- Risk factors in a child’s relationships: Weak or absent ongoing connection to a trusted safe adult
- Child sees him/herself as not deserving protection or respect, Child feels emotionally isolated or neglected. #CSAAM
- Little or no accurate information available about what constitutes healthy touching or safe sexual feelings/behaviors. #CSAAM
- Child is expected to fill the emotional or intimate needs of adults, Child is a victim of physical or emotional abuse. #CSAAM