Originally Posted by theimp98
Most cases of child predators is with people that the kid already knows. Of course the worst case is some stranger getting to your kid.
If by worst you mean most grusome (torture to death sort of thing), well, yes, stranger danger is probably the worse case scenario.
But, as you point out, the vast majority of sex crimes (whether against minors OR adults) are perpetrated by someone the victim knows. Incidently, many psychologists regard parent-child incest as a the worse case scenario (not grusome death by stranger danger - though I presume that's mainly because a) at least you do get to die and b) because you're dead, it's pretty hard to measure your level of trauma).
Also interestingly, despite the trauma level of parent-child incest, it's not always regarded seriously in law:
|New York's law—much like that of most other states—allows the possibility of privileged treatment for a special class of offender: the perpetrator who is related to his prey. In other words, the penal code gives a discount to child rapists who grow their own victims.
In New York, sex with a child under the age of 11 is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The law is indexed appropriately, in the chapter on sex offenses. If, however, the sexually abused child is closely related to the perpetrator, state law provides for radically more lenient treatment. In such cases, the prosecutor may choose to charge the same acts as incest. This is not listed as a sex offense, but instead as an "offense affecting the marital relationship," listed next to adultery in the law books. It is a Class E felony, for which even a convicted offender may be granted probation.
– Andrew Vachss, New York Times Op-Ed, November 20, 2005