Let's Be Friends
Groomers begin by profiling a child's vulnerability, and whether he or she matches their preferences.
At this point, groomers typically ask for demographic details and photos that are non-sexual in nature.
It's Just You & Me
If you are a match, groomers proceed to build an emotional attachment by creating an illusion of a best friend. They do so by learning about your interests, showering attention, and sharing secrets.
As you exchange more personal information, you may start to cherish this intimate relationship.
Before moving on, groomers often measure their risk of getting exposed. For example, they might ask if you are using a shared computer to chat with them.
Once ready, groomers will try to shape your sexual boundaries by introducing explicit content. For example, they may ask you, "Do you ever touch yourself?"
Groomers may eventually ask to meet up, and often, victims willingly do so and sometimes also develop romantic feelings.