Similarities and Differences between Online and Offline Abusers

Similaritiesand Differences between Online and Offline Abusers

Similaritiesand Differences between Online and Offline Abusers

Sexualabusers are people who molest others or portray undesired andunsolicited sexual behavior to their victims. They fall into variousgroups such as offline and online abusers. However, their eventualaim is to achieve sexual gratification albeit selfishly, these twogroups have several similarities and differences as outlined below.

Bothoffline and online abusers tend to prey on the innocent andvulnerable people in the society (Burgess &amp Carretta, 2012). Thispreference is based on the ease of access to these types of victimsand their perceived inability to fight back the offenders or evenreport them to the authorities. Another similarity is that bothgroups tend to have many victims. As these abusers remain unexposedto the authorities, they tend to have more confidence in theircriminal activities hence can target more victims especiallyvulnerable groups like children. In addition, these offenders havetend to hide behind legitimate activities like running childrencentres to hide their abuse. Others may also identify withinstitutions like churches to avoid any suspicions.

Despitethese similarities, there are also differences between these twogroups. For instance, offline abusers tend to inflict physical andemotional pain on their victims whereas online abusers mostly affecttheir victims emotionally (Burgess &amp Carretta, 2012). Besides,the former group relies on the physical interaction with potentialvictims as opposed to latter group that achieves the same throughonline interactions. Another difference is that online abusers have awide range of choice since there are no distance constraints.However, for their offline counterparts, distance is a big hindrancedue to the need for a physical interaction.

However,despite the above differences and similarities, sexual abusers causeimmeasurable pain to their victims regardless of their mode of abuse,be it online or offline. Hence, it is crucial for the society tounite against these criminals.


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