With much media focus aimed at the sting operations and capture of sex offenders and child molesters, parents are becoming savvier in the process of child endangerment in terms of sex crimes. For many parents, the term “child molester” usually conjures up a vivid image of what you anticipate the stereotypical molester to be.
However, in many cases the child molester does not fit a typical stereotype. In fact, statistics show that child molesters come from all walks of life; male or female, of any sexual orientation, of any marital status and even any race or socioeconomic status. What most child sex predators do have in common are the overwhelming psychological complications of low self-esteem, feeling worthless and often are not able to establish normal healthy adult-to-adult relationships.
In most cases, a person who commits a sex offender against a child is classified into one of two categories; either a fixated offender or a regressed offender. With each type of child molester carrying specific traits, once apprehended, their treatment protocols and punishments are generally designed and tailored based on which category the sex offender fits.
Fixated child molesters are individuals who, generally, are compulsively attracted to children. Because child molesters tend to feel unattractive and are unable to establish normal adult relationships, they are attracted to children the can manipulate. Often, a fixated child molester will engage in daily activities with children, find children sexually attractive and are usually classified as pedophile. They are often sexually immature and not able to engage in sexual relationships of their own age appropriateness.
In contrast, the regressed child molester is usually an individual who is sexually advanced as an adult and does engage in adult relationships. The regressed sex offender of children, however, will often experience an even in adulthood, such as a divorce, loss of job or even substance abuse. These stressors leave the regressed child molester feeling lonely and isolated. As a result, they will engage in child sex activity as an escape mechanism from their adult-life stress activities. Unfortunately, this type of sex offense against children occurs in parent, or step-parent, relationships.
Because sex offenses, of any kind, are a public health threat, it is important to report any acts of sexual misconduct to authorities. If you child has been exposed to any sexual activity, even by someone who you would otherwise feel trusting of, it is important to report the offense. In making the report, the sex offense of the child can be classified by the type of child molester who perpetuated the crime and, ultimately, the individual at fault can obtain the help needed in an effort to prevent the action from occurring to another child.