What is Grooming?
Grooming is where a stranger or even someone you know builds trust with you gradually, in order lure you into false sense of security and possibly dangerous situations.
Grooming could happen without you realising, there are multiple different signs to look out for and keep yourself safe:
- People adding you on Social Media who don’t have any mutual friends
- People adding you on Social Media who don’t have many photos
- Encouraging you to share personal photos
- Asking you for personal information
- Intimidation – tries to get you to feel scared or embarrassed to tell
- Encouraging you to break the rules and keep secrets
- Testing the boundaries when it comes to joking and touching
- Blaming you for what is happening
- Over 90% of children sexually abused were abused by someone they knew
- One third of sexual abuse is committed by other young people
- Disabled children are 3 times more likely to be abused
- There are over 30,000 registered offenders on the Violent and Sex Offender Register
‘Catfishing’ is when someone creates fake profiles on social media sites to trick people into thinking they are somebody else.
They make up stories and use photographs of unsuspecting victims to create fake identities. Catfishers add life experiences, jobs, friends and photographs to the fake accounts, to make you believe the story they are telling you.
If you or someone you know is affected by this, there are multiple ways to get help: