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'Grooming' and the Sexual Abuse of ChildrenInstitutional, Internet, and Familial Dimensions$
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Anne-Marie McAlinden

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583720.001.0001

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The Nature and Extent of Sexual Grooming

The Nature and Extent of Sexual Grooming

(p.20) 2 The Nature and Extent of Sexual Grooming
'Grooming' and the Sexual Abuse of Children

Anne‐Marie McAlinden

Oxford University Press

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

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