The Grooming of Children, Families, and Communities

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 Grooming of Children, Families, and Communities

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This chapter seeks to examine critically the multiple meanings of grooming within the context of offending processes as they take place with particular children, families, and communities. It demonstrates that the offender's sphere of control may extend beyond the direct grooming of the child as the intended victim to the psychological grooming of their family, the community, and manipulation of the surrounding environment. It considers theories of sexual offending and the acknowledged role of grooming within the cycle of offending. It considers the dynamics of ‘street’, ‘peer-to-peer’, and ‘self-grooming’. The chapter also draws out important differences between intra-familial and extra-familial contexts as well as those between on-line and face-to-face settings. It concludes with a detailed critical examination of the grooming process which has emerged from the primary research for this book, including consequences for victims; and important differences related to gender, young sexual abusers, preferential and situational offenders and between first-time and subsequent offending.

Keywords: cycle of offending; self-grooming; face-to-face; on-line grooming; street grooming; peer-to-peer grooming; extra-familial; intra-familial; gender; preferential offenders; situational offenders

Chapter.  24236 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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