My name is Thomas Shaffer. My wife and I live in Southern California with our 4 beautiful children. In our city, we are involved in public schools, sports teams, and other youth organizations. It is important for us to know where our children are safe from sexual grooming. We started End Child Grooming as a pledge to prohibit the sexual interrogation of children by unqualified adults. We wanted to know what organizations prohibit this practice and what organizations allow it so we started this cause.
Sexual grooming is a process used by people with a sexual interest in children to prepare a child for sexual abuse. It is often very carefully planned and it can take place over weeks, months, or even years. This grooming is usually done by a person who is in a position of trust or authority with the child. Even when grooming does not result in abuse, the negative effects of grooming are harmful and long lasting.
Many organizations are signing their names, pledging that within their organization "an adult may not ask a minor about their personal masturbation habits or personal sexual practices unless that adult is a qualified individual, meaning a parent or legal guardian, a state-licensed doctor, or a state-licensed therapist." Organizations that sign the pledge commit to ending the sexual interrogation of children by unqualified adults.
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