At a recent ladies’ get-together, discussion about the murky world of online grooming, cyber stalking, and identity thieves found its way to our lunch table.Everyone had a story to relate about Facebook friends turning kidnappers, handsome teens in chatrooms turning out to be adult men, children revealing personal details while playing online games and so on.If something happened to you, know that you are not alone.The following list includes some of the common experiences shared by men and boys who have survived sexual assault.Also, scroll to the bottom of the page for the software mentioned in the story and more resources.To follow the trail of an Internet predator prowling for children, from seduction in a chat room to a face-to-face meeting, Dateline rented a house, wired it with hidden cameras, and enlisted the help of an online vigilante group called "Perverted Justice." Volunteers from the group posed as teens in chat rooms, saying they were home alone and interested in sex.The online world is exciting no doubt, and one can make many more friends here than in the real world, but there is also the associated risk of stranger-danger.Children know it and they consciously avoid strangers who try to befriend them in the mall or fairground but show little of the prudence online.
Men who were sexually abused as boys or teens may respond differently than men who were sexually assaulted as an adult.
Sexual assault is in no way related to the sexual orientation of the perpetrator or the survivor, and a person’s sexual orientation cannot be caused by sexual abuse or assault.
Some men and boys have questions about their sexuality after surviving an assault or abuse—and that’s understandable.
A recent study found that one in five children online is approached by a sexual predator, a predator who may try to set up a face-to-face meeting.
In a Dateline hidden camera investigation, correspondent Chris Hansen catches some of these men in the act.