A MAPs Journey Podcast
SEASON 2 | EPISODE 3
PUBLISHED | OCTOBER 6, 2020
BUIDING TRUST TO BETRAYAL
How to Recognize and Stop Grooming Behavior in its Tracks
Grooming behavior is a tactic used by individuals to build trust and gain control over a potential victim. In this episode of "MAPS Journey," Elliott is joined by Sona, a clinical social worker who works with the non-offending MAP community, and Jay, a non-offending minor attracted person who has worked with Sona as his therapist. Together, they discuss the different types of grooming behavior and how to recognize and prevent it.
Sona explains that grooming can happen in various ways, such as through emotional manipulation, isolation, or gift-giving. The group discusses how the perpetrator may initially present themselves as kind and caring, only to later escalate the relationship and push boundaries. It's essential to recognize these tactics and understand that grooming behavior can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, or sexual orientation.
Jay shares his personal experience with grooming and how he has worked to recognize and prevent this type of behavior in his own life. He emphasizes that education and awareness are critical tools in preventing grooming behavior, and we must all do our part in creating a safer environment for everyone.
Throughout the episode, Sona and Jay provide practical tips and resources for listeners to protect themselves and their loved ones from grooming behavior. These include being mindful of red flags, setting boundaries, and seeking support from trusted individuals. By listening to the experiences and expertise of the non-offending MAP community, we can work together to create a safer and more informed society.