Parents and guardians should be aware of grooming behaviors exhibited by known or unknown sex offenders. Grooming behaviors are actions deliberately undertaken with the goal of befriending a child in order to lower a child’s sexual inhibitions or establish an intimate friendship in preparation for the eventual act of sexual intercourse with the child.
Maintain open lines of communication with your children.
Share safety tips with your children, including Internet safety.
Query the Maine Sex Offender Registry periodically to identify registered sex offenders in your community. Additional queries can be made of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Registry.
Statistics indicate that 90 percent of all sex crimes are committed by someone known to the victim, such as a family member or acquaintance.