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The Child Sexual Grooming Kill Chain, Select

The first stage in the Child Sexual Grooming Kill Chain is select ing the victim. The abuser may make their selection based on many criteria. Criteria may include, ease of access, attractiveness, or the size of the child. Other criteria may include their family situation or a vulnerability such as neediness.   Children in families where drug or alcohol addictions are present are at a higher risk. Also, children in families where domestic abuse occurs may be easier targets. Victim selection is strategic and well planned. There are many scenarios that an abuser seeks to exploit to gain access to a victim. The attackers have experience and the advantage of striking first.   As defenders, we want to strike as close to the beginning of the chain as possible. We can limit or avoid damage if we can stop or deny the attack at the select phase. As the abuser moves further along the kill chain, the more damage they are able to achieve. This phase can occur online. Attempts can occur while using

The Child Sexual Grooming Kill Chain, Introduction

The kill chain originates as a military approach to conducting attacks against targets. In one of the military models, the chain consists of find, fix, track, target, engage and assess. This concept is also used in cybersecurity by the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Its version of the kill chain consists of seven phases. The phases are reconnaissance, weaponization, delivery, exploitation, installation, command and control, and actions on objectives. Lockheed Martin developed its kill chain to help defenders in protecting computer networks. Defenders can provide specific defenses against a given part of the kill chain. The goal is to break the chain as early as possible in an attack.  Child sexual grooming also has a kill chain. This kill chain has five phases. These phases are select, access, trust, desensitize and dominate . The methods used can vary within each phase or link on the chain. This is due to the circumstances between the victim and the abuser. This kill chain provides a si