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Grooming and Conversions

Introduction to Grooming and Conversion

category groomingGrooming is when an emotional connection is built with another person to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual actives, abuse, financial gain or exploitation. Children and young people can be particularly vulnerable to grooming. Victims of grooming are often targeted online or in society, by a stranger or by someone they know, such as a family member, friend or professional. Groomers may be male or female and can be of any age. Many people do not realise that they are being groomed or are being abused.


Conversion is a similar process of control and manipulation; individuals can become victims of forced conversions to different religions. Forced conversion has a strong association with religion, as individuals are able to influence others to change their religion by undermining their faith. Often, vulnerable people are targeted who have little connection with their own faith and beliefs. In most cases the process may involve threatening behaviour, physical harm or emotional harm.

These processes of grooming and forced conversion can happen both online and in society. Perpetrators will hide their true intentions and may spend a long time gaining the victims trust as well as their families in some situations.


If you are worried about yourself, a friend or family member who is suffering from grooming or forced conversion, it is important to get help. Talking to the Sikh Helpline can help to give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it. We can help you to by supporting you and you getting you in touch with the right agencies.


Talking to the Sikh Helpline can help to give you a better understanding of the problem and how to best deal with it. We can help by supporting and getting you in touch with the right agencies. The Sikh Helpline is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help and you can contact us anytime.


Together, we can make a difference, and put an end to unethical techniques used to manipulate our youth. The silence of victims will only embolden the perpetrators and put other younsters at risk.

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Read articles, case studies and other information related to this topic below.



As they grow up, youth are exposed to a number of factors which may either increase their risk for, or protect them from, problems such as abusing drugs or engaging in delinquent behavior.

?Risk factors? are any circumstances that may increase youths? likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors. Conversely, ?protective factors? are any circumstances that promote healthy youth behaviors and decrease the chance that youth will engage in risky behaviors.

Risk factors and protective factors are often organized into five categories:

  • Individual
  • Family
  • Peer group
  • Community


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We know this is happening and that its a growing problem. But we also need the victims to come forward and tell us, in strict confidence, what they are going through so that we can help them.

If you are being targeted by radical groups....

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Sat Sangat

8 July 2007. Members of the Sikh community turned out in force at the Gurdwara on High St, to celebrate the safe return of the Sikh girl to her family.The programme commenced with the recitation of Sukhmani Sahib followed by kirtan. The girl, who is a gifted kirtani, sang a couple of shabads too, to the delight of the sanggat! Hear her kirtan  and see photos of the programme........ In respect of the girl's privacy, we have decided not to include photos of her or her family.......

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By Dr. Michael Welner

cryingGrooming is the process by which an offender draws a victim into a sexual relationship and maintains that relationship in secrecy. The shrouding of the relationship is an essential feature of grooming. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner explains the six stages that can lead up to sexual molestation. The grooming sex offender works to separate the victim from peers, typically by engendering in the child a sense that they are special to the child and giving a kind of love to the child that the child needs.

Different law enforcement officers and academics have proposed models of the "stages" of grooming. Since there are a variety of these models, it's best to think of the grooming by sex offenders as a gradual, calculated process that ensnares children into a world in which they are ultimately a willing part of the sex abuse.

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