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Arizona Conference believes that protecting our children is the most important task that we can undertake. Towards that goal, we have partnered with Verified Volunteers, which is an organization that “is dedicated to raising the awareness and prevention of the mistreatment of the vulnerable. We work hard to accomplish this goal by training young people and adults about abuse, neglect, predators, bullying, boundaries, respect, and the perils of cyberspace.”
Facts and Characteristics
The Arizona Department of Public Safety indicates that there are approximately 14,500 registered sex offenders in this state. Many of these sex offenders are known to the victim as a family member, friend, or neighbor. They win a child’s trust and then take advantage of that trust, they “groom” their victims prior to any crime.
Offenders may position themselves to come into contact with children by:
Creating playground environments where victims have access to toys, games, and other things that will later be traded for sex.
Enticing with attention, affection, gifts, promises, and providing alcohol and pornography to lower inhibitions.
Participating in activities with teens, often excluding other adults, or trying to get teens into situations where no other adults are present.
Preying on either a parent/teen desire to excel in a sport. They provide extra assistance and offer special attention.
Being the "nice guy" in the neighborhood who is willing to entertain children and take them on outings.
Operating businesses that hire teens and looking for excuses requiring them to stay after hours, or visit the offenders home.
Seeking employment or volunteering where they will be in contact with children and teens.
Quick Reference Guide: Mandatory Reporter
Provides numbers to call if you suspect abuse, gives tips to prevent and to identify abuse, and summarizes your obligations as a reporter.