Following the RAN Issue Paper on ‘Root causes of violent extremism’, written by Magnus Ranstorp, violent extremism can be best conceptualised as a kaleidoscope of factors, creating infinite individual combinations.
There are some basic primary colours that create complex interlocking combinations. One of these factors is the role that groomers play in putting people on the path of violent extremism.
Groomers (also known as recruiters) involve hate preachers and those who prey on vulnerabilities and grievances to channel recruits into violent extremism through persuasion, pressure and manipulation. So far, the focus has mostly been on the victims of these groomers. Read more