Why the Age of Consent Matters. Also, some discussion of what grooming is, what it looks like, and the confusing/conflicting emotions that can be left in its wake
I just finished reading POINTE by Brandy Colbert and this book is an excellent example of what is known as grooming. So also is THE GOSPEL OF WINTER by Brendan Kiely. Grooming is “the process by which an offender draws a victim into a sexual relationship and maintains that relationship in secrecy. The shrouding of the relationship is an essential feature of grooming” (Source: http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Child-Sexual-Abuse-6-Stages-of-Grooming).
According to Dr. Michael Welner, there are 6 stages of grooming:
2. Gaining trust
3. Filling a need
4. Isolating the child
5. Sexualizing the relationship
6. Maintaining control