Salon is not a fringe website or a conservative fake new site. It is an objective, mainstream site covering a wide range of topics and is an excellent source of information.
Here is a new article (Jan 4, 2018) although it is nothing they have not been saying for years and have done so many times.
For parents, knowledge is power. Myths about sex offenders abound — here are the facts
Myth: Most sex offenses are committed by strangers.
Fact: The large majority of sex offenders are known to the victim.
This is perhaps one of the most dangerous and most important myths about sexual offending. Most people imagine sex offenders as strangers lurking in the bushes or driving white vans. This is categorically untrue. The vast majority of sex offenders are known to their victim. Fewer than 10 percent of children are assaulted by a stranger.
One study found:
- 34 percent of children were assaulted by a family member,
- 59 percent of children were assaulted by an acquaintance, and
- 7 percent of children were assaulted by a stranger
This knowledge is incredibly important because it shows that many of us are scared of the wrong people. This is what we call the stranger danger phenomenon. It is the belief that sex crimes are predominantly committed by strangers when, in reality, they are most often committed by those who are known to us and to our children. What is even scarier is that many of our laws and policies are based on this stranger danger myth. As a consequence of the stranger danger myth, we no longer let our children walk to their friends’ houses or the park by themselves—but we readily drop them off for playdates or leave them with family members, babysitters, and community leaders, often without so much as a second thought about their safety and security.