More often than not, sexual offenses have little or nothing to do with sex. Rather, they have to do with power and control. It is not always strangers who participate in heinous sexual offenses, as it has been increasingly found that even people you might be familiar with and trust could very well be party to such crimes. There is a thin line between sexual offenses and sex addiction. Sex addiction is a progressive and compulsive urge to engage in sexual activities, whereas sex offense is a non-consensual sexual activity. However, some sex offenses are a result of an unchecked addiction to sex, although the percentage of this is said to be low.
Not all sex addicts are sexual offenders. If you have had a history of sex addiction (or not) but have been wrongly convicted for a sex crime, you can consult or
Sex offenders can be male or female. Some of the most serious cases of sexual abuse have been those involving not just adults, but also children. Parents are required to take precautions and guard their children against pedophiles as most of them turn out to be someone the parents trust, is familiar to the child and/or a person of authority. Some of the common behavioral traits, which should act as warning signs for parents, that are found among child sex abusers are:
- Telling the child that they are special and treating them differently from other kids
- Looking for excuses to spend time alone with the child
- Touching the child inappropriately, especially on intimate body parts
- Asking the child to carry out activities that involve intimate physical contact like massaging/rubbing the body, applying ointments, etc. or performing the same on the child
- Looking at or touching the child's body on the pretext of observing their growth and development
- Saying or describing sexual things to the child
- Talking to the child about their body and their overall appearance in a sexual way
- Showing sexually explicit pictures and videos to the child
- Entering the child's room or bathroom when they are also in there
- Not letting the child have friends and not letting him do things that other children do like playing, going out, etc.
- Insisting that the child must not talk to anyone else except him/her (the pedophile)