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Dombrowski, Stefan C., J. W. (2004). Protecting children from online sexual predators: technological, psychoeducational, and legal considerations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice , 65-73.

Research has found that 85-90% of sexual perpetrators are male, and a high percentage of those who molest children under 12 have psychiatric, substance abuse, and personality disorders. They are also mainly victims of sexual abuse when they were children as well. One quarter of online predators were women and 48% of were under 25. The youth targeted are usually physically attractive, yet insecure. Predators have numerous ways to get information on their victims through ways like trojan horses.