Grooming can be defined as the process an abuser uses to desensitise someone – to make them less likely to reject or report abusive or exploitative behaviour. We will assess how grooming usually happens when there is a power differential within a relationship, which the abuser exploits for their own gratification. The age difference is often a common example of a power differential. Children are taught to respect older children and adults, and many exploiters take advantage of this. Someone who was groomed as a child might find it hard to accept that what happened to them was a form of ‘abuse’. The abuser may have taken an interest in them in a way that other adults did not or allowed them to do things other adults did not allow.