Acquaintance is a child sex offender. What now?
March 24, 2013 8:00 AM Subscribe
I recently learned that an acquaintance is a convicted child sex offender. What now?
CSO's offence relates to downloading pornographic images and both the offence and the sentence pre-date by years my involvement with the hobby group where CSO and I met.
I only found out at all because CSO's internet use is still monitored and the police came to talk to me after the two of us connected recently on social media.
The police seemed reassured by everything I said about my interactions with CSO over the past few years and they were really keen to emphasise the importance of preventing vigilanteism and keeping what I'd learned confidential. I on the other hand was not reassured and now that the initial shock is wearing off, I don't feel that I am coping well.
My hobby is seasonal, so I won't have to see CSO for some time yet, but what happens when I do? I'm currently suffering from anxiety over this that I'm not allowed to discuss with anybody.
All the resources I've found have been aimed at victims of abuse or advice on reporting abusers to the police. Neither is relevant to my situation, but I feel ill-equipped to deal with this alone.
I would welcome links to more helpful online resources, stories of how people in similar situations have coped or anything else that might help me process this discovery and get my head straight before the season begins and I have to decide what to do.