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Is sex offenders related to boys on the rise?

Are sex offenders of boys on the rise? Quite often when we think of sex crimes we think of the victims as young girls, but what about sex crimes against young boys? Their doesn’t seem to be evidence supporting the idea that there is an increase in crimes against young boys.

Young girls continue to be the prime target of sex offenders, however that’s not to say that it isn’t happening to young boys across our country every day. The grooming process for young boys looks quite different than that of young girls, and Shawn breaks down the differences in this video. He tells us the things to look out for in possible offenders, as well as how we as parents can avoid putting our children in potentially compromising situations. One area where there are more male victims is under the umbrella of teacher student relationships, female teachers having sexual relationships with male students is where we see more boys being affected than girls. Under reported crimes could be a possible reason for not knowing for certain if sex offenders of boys is on the rise.

It’s important to keep an eye on both your male and female children, stay active in their lives, and lookout for any unusual behavior. Also, learn the true definition of sex crimes to be able to help protect others.

For answers to a similar question “Is sex trafficking on the rise?” visit our blog article here or watch SMB’s video here.

Video Transcript

Shawn McDonald: “I don’t necessarily say you see more with teachers and boys, but you’ve seen more media attention with teachers having inappropriate relationships with high school boys. I don’t necessarily believe it’s more prevalent than it used to be. It’s just getting more media attention.”

Interviewer: “Ok.”

Shawn McDonald: “And then, we don’t see a whole lot of boy victims. It happens, but I don’t want to say a vast majority, but I would say the majority are girls. And it’s a little different grooming process for girls because girls… You’d never let your daughter go with a man out of town or go out to eat with some man or the man be her mentor. You see that with a lot of young boys is you’ll have a guy come into the family’s life. And a lot of times the family is poor, don’t have a lot and someone will come in and offer them, ‘Hey, I’ll take the boy to the Astros game.’ or ‘Something that, you know, your family can’t provide him, I’ll come provide him that. I’ll take him to the Astros game, I’ll be a mentor, I’ll help him through school.’

So you see this mentoring process that little boys… men will do to little boys. It’s a little different than what we see with the girls. For the most part boys aren’t really communicating like that as much on social media. Girls are just more sensitive. They’re more caring. It’s more of a feeling situation for them. We don’t see a whole lot of the males other than the teachers. We see quite a bit of that.”

Interviewer: “I got you.”

Shawn McDonald: “But other than that, we don’t.”


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