Things to Know

There is no such thing as a "typical" sex offender. Sex offenders come from all socioeconomic groups. They can be male or female, rich or poor, employed or unemployed, religious or non-religious or from any race.

Behavioral Indicators

  • Most offenders are adult males, but women can also be offender
  • The offender may relate better to children than adults and may feel more comfortable with children and their interests
  • Talks with children in ways that equalize their relationship
  • May talk about children in the same manner as one would talk about an adult lover or partner

Behavior to Watch

  • Is overly interested in sexuality of a particular child/teen i.e. talks repeatedly about the child's developing body or interferes with normal teen dating
  • Frequently walks in on children/teen in the bathroom
  • Spends most of his/her spare time with children and has little interest in spending time with someone their own age
  • Regularly offers to baby-sit many different children for free and/or takes children on overnight outings alone