In most encounters, victims meet offenders voluntarily and expect sexual activity, because they feel love or affection for the person they have been corresponding with.
Four percent of the youth in the YISS received solicitations in which the solicitor made or tried to make contact with the youth offline via telephone, offline mail or in person1.
Research suggests that teenagers are the primary victims of Internet sex crimes and that common teenage vulnerabilities – interest in sex, romance, adventure, independence – are what gets them in trouble3.
Parents can be helpful, but the research suggests that the most vulnerable youth are ones who are having conflicts with their parents.
Although cases of abduction, forcible rape and murder have occurred, they are very rare.
According to research looking at crimes ending in arrest, violence occurred in only 5% of cases.