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What behaviors might a person who sexually abuses children use to gain trust?

Common signs of behavior among those who sexually abuse children include:

  • Insists on hugging, touching, kissing, tickling, wrestling with or holding a child even when the child does not want this affection
  • Initiates roughhousing with children on a regular basis
  • Repeatedly offers to babysit children for free
  • Discusses age inappropriate topics with a child
  • Dresses inappropriately around children
  • Stares at children engaged in normal activities for long periods of time
  • Expresses voyeuristic behaviors such as watching children play after they have changed into their pajamas
  • Socializes more with children than with adults
  • Buys child expensive gifts or gives them money for no apparent reason
  • Exhibits an unusual and pervasive interest in a particular child
  • Wants one child to stay home with him/her while others go somewhere
  • Actively makes efforts to spend time alone with children
  • Does not want to have adult friends over or participate in adult activities