The short answer: the majority of grownups must stop being so naive
Statutory serial rapist after rapist is exposed. The attention in the reporting often goes to the immorality of the alleged perpetrators. Yet, a solution doesn’t lie there. Such bad apples will exist for many more years.
Rather, prevention will come when collectively we will become less naïve.
Sex is nature’s way to help close people bonds. More so women than men, though. But, modernity equals it with recreational sex. Freedom of choice.
Sex is the polar opposite of enforcement. But, for some people, non-consensual enforcement of others improves their enjoyment of sex.
However, there are people, mostly but not only men, who dream of wild recreational sex with as many people as possible. They will typically look for young, naïve, vulnerable youth. (Vulnerable because they have no one to protect them.) You hardly will find them employed in senior homes. (Plan B would be to open a pub. Dim the lights, pour alcohol, feel free.)
These serial predators will prefer to set up their own youth organization or find one to work at. Among their clients, they pick their favorites. They have little empathy. As long as they feel good, all is well. They often will be con artists, exceedingly charming but eerily cold. Normal, feeling people must start to trust their intuition and learn to not see charming as warm.
Often, prevention simply comes from listening to one’s common sense. When someone sets up or leads in an organization for youths, s/he is a suspected serial sex offender. Those leaders who really care about the well-being of young people won’t be offended by such distrust. It should come with their work territory. Trust must be earned, not a given. And, no one should be above suspicion. Especially not people with a huge ego.
Female detectives should swarm around youth organizations like bees around a beehive. As if it is only a matter of time to catch a predator.
To sum it up: prevention needs us not to see charming as warm, and never trust any youth leader completely, especially not ‘charismatic’ people.
I also would like to promote my idea that our ability to have sex is abused when we use it just for fun. Just like our need for nutrition is abused when we eat junk. And, they both leave us unsatisfied. That idea is politically incorrect. But it’s part of my most frontier vision of radical democracy.
The Dutch professor who, in the Sixties, led the national organization for ‘sexual liberation’ told his medical students: ‘Sex for fun is not fun at all’!