The Nature and Extent of Sexual Grooming

Anne‐Marie McAlinden

in 'Grooming' and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583720
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191758263 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

The Nature and Extent of Sexual Grooming

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This chapter underlines the common misconceptions about grooming behaviour, which have become embedded in public and official discourses, and aims to provide a fuller more nuanced account of this multi-layered process. First, it outlines the difficulties of definition, the role of trust, and provides an overview of the broad typologies of grooming as a precursor to more detailed discussion of the full complexities of the offending process, which will be undertaken in the next part of the book. Secondly, it examines, from published studies on disclosure and on-line grooming as well as official statistics, what is currently known about the extent of grooming within the context of child sex abuse cases. It also evaluates data on new and emerging forms of grooming such as ‘street grooming’ and ‘peer-to-peer grooming’.

Keywords: newspapers; grooming behaviour; abuse of trust; definition; role of trust; data; disclosure

Chapter.  12028 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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