Fast Facts About online sex offending

Fact 1: Internet-related sexual offending includes different crimes.

Online sex offending includes viewing, trading, posting, or producing child pornography; making contact with a child, adolescent, or other vulnerable person for sexual exploitation; and arranging face-to-face meetings to commit sexual offenses. Arranging face-to-face meetings is called “luring” or “traveler offending.”

Fact 2: Online sexual offending against youth is widespread.

One out of every five youth has reported receiving unwanted sexual solicitations while online, and one out of every 25 youth has reported receiving an unwanted sexual solicitation that included an attempt to make contact in person.

Fact 3: Both boys and girls are targeted for online sexual harassment.

Approximately 70% of all youth who have experienced unwanted online sexual solicitations are girls; 30% are boys. The targets of online sexual harassment tend to be older children and young teens between the ages of 11 and 15.

Fact 4: Most victims of luring are girls ages 13 and 14.

In most cases, teenagers who were the victims of luring reported that they were aware the perpetrator was an adult interested in a sexual relationship, they willingly met with the perpetrator, and they described the interactions in romantic terms.


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