Playmate & Companion Lure
Some children are led into abuse by a playmate who is encouraged by their abuser
to involve other kids. Pedophiles may lure youngsters to their home with a party
atmosphere, providing toys, sports equipment, favorite foods, use of a swimming
pool, etc. They may promote an "anything goes" attitude that can be very attractive
Keep in mind also that roughly 20% of all sexual abuse is now committed by children
against other children.
Get to know your youngster's friends and their families. A sudden strong dislike
of a favorite place or person may indicate that some form of abuse has taken place.
Conversely, if your child constantly spends time at one friend's house, particularly
where there is a single male or live-in boyfriend, find out why. Visit unannounced.
If you feel at all uneasy, declare that home off limits.
If young children start acting out sexually, find out how, where and with whom this
behavior was learned.