Grooming refers to a series of behaviors by an abuser to ensure a victim readily accepts physical and psychological abuse as normal and desirable, and to ensure that a victim does not report or expose sexual abuse.
Researchers and mental health professionals agree that grooming generally follows a pattern:
- Identifying and targeting victims
- Blurring boundaries and gaining trust
- Isolating and fostering secrecy
The grooming process at Barrett has been known to begin in mandatory freshman seminars and often progresses to Study Abroad trips, teaching assistantships, and thesis direction. Continue reading