“David Matthews Creep Catchers” Helps Educate Others About Dangers of Child Sexual Abuse with their Child-Friendly Approach

Edmonton’s own David Matthews has started a great Creep Catchers initiative to help educate others through his PG-rated videos.

The whole Creep Catchers idea was initiated by Calgarian Dawson Raymond and Fox Gregory late last year. His videos went viral in no time, and he has become quite a hero in and around Calgary with nearly 14,000 friends and followers on Facebook.

David Matthews started the Edmonton Creep Catchers initiative in April of this year. Two short months later, he passed the flame off to John Doep in June, making him the new president of the initiative.

The reason for doing that was so that Mr. Matthews could start fresh with a new style of doing things.

That fresh start was “David Matthews Creep Catchers” (EST. June 2016). Originally, it went by the name “Solo Intervention Team.” With this new initiative, Mr. Matthews has decided to take a softer, more child-friendly approach to the way he interviews the creeps that he ends up catching online.

By child-friendly, we mean that his videos are friendly for children to watch, as David makes sure to refrain from cussing in any of his interviews.

Most other Creep Catcher groups across the nation tend to be more verbally vicious in their encounters, however none of the Canadian Creep Catcher groups ever cause physical harm or threaten any of the creeps they’ve caught.

The David Matthews Creep Catchers group is expanding — not only province-wide — but nationally. They’re slowly training people across the country to be as they are in their softer ways. There are already creep catchers for DMCC (David Matthews Creep Catchers) located in Parkland County, Llyodminster and Red Deer, with more to come.

With DMCC, David and his team of creep catchers make sure to give little to no intimidation in their videos. They’re basically a team of educators trying to provide help to people with mental issues in that they are trying to get with underage children.

David Matthews’ needs your help:

David Matthews has reached out to me and has informed me that he has attempted to find local mental hospitals and mental health issue assistance here in Edmonton, but has fallen short in doing so.

If you know of any places in Edmonton that would be more than happy to help these ‘creeps’ get help, please contact us here or David Matthews on Facebook. We are trying our best to spread the word about what’s happening to our children, and we want to be able to help out these child predators in the process.

This is one of David Matthews’ latest videos:

The video description reads:

Kumar engaged in conversation with a 12 year old knowing very well what he was doing was wrong. When confronted we find out a little bit more about Kumar and his past… This is a very good film to show to your kids it opens your eyes too predators in the community. Thankfully Kumar has asked us to find him help as you will see in the video we provide him with 3 resources and honestly wish him the best.David Matthews on YouTube

View all of David Matthews’ CC videos on YouTube

Conclusion from David Matthews himself:

In closing, I asked David if he had any final thoughts to share with our & his viewers. He was pleased to share the following:

We are people in society. Laws are made the way they are for a reason. Really, we need to be on point when it comes to this. We need to be diligent and make sure that we’re covering our bases and taking the right approaches, because if we don’t the next generation aren’t going to have anything to stand on or grasp with, and our tolerance levels are going to become more and more lenient, and our children are going to become victimized, and it’s going to become normal, and we can’t allow that. We need to stand up for what’s right and what we believe in as a movement, change the laws, make the internet safer for the children…

We’ve got to make sure that the people that are struggling with these illnesses and daemons, we have to ensure that they’re getting the proper treated that is needed to progress – not regress into society and fall deeper and deeper.David Matthews

He goes on to say:

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I know for one thing, I may not be happy with the choices that would have been made with a lot of the creeps that we catch, but I’m happy that they’re acknowledging what they are doing is wrong, and I’m happy that they’re willing to seek some sort of counselling to get these urges away. That’s the reality of it. This is all about prevention and being proactive.

Without the people and the support, and everyone who shares our content and backs us 100%, we’re just a bunch of people that don’t have a voice. So, I am ecstatic with the way we are going with this movement, and I can’t wait to watch it flourish. But once again, we are nothing without these people, without our supporters, without everyone, and we’ve all got to have a common interest and a common goal, and we’ve got to be able to respect the fact that we’re dealing with human beings, and we’ve got to do what’s best for all parties. That includes help, rehabilitation and awareness, and we need to hit awareness where it starts. So, that’s my content is friendly for the kids, and that’s why it’ll always be friendly for the kids. This is David Matthews, peace out.David Matthews

In asking Mr. Matthews when he plans on stopping this initiative, he said, “I believe the answer you are looking for is never. 😉 I will always be some how proactively protecting our children.”

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  • August 28, 2016 at 3:42 PM
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    I am an advocate for the primary prevention of child sexual abuse, and I have plenty of resources on my blog:
    https://preventsexoffense.blogspot.com/2016/07/resources-for-people-worried-about.html

    It is a fairly large list of resources aimed at people worldwide. The ATSA referral in particular would be of value. Please be sure to cite my blog when you use that list in written format, Mr. Matthews, as I do not know whether people are using my resources unless I am seeing the pageviews. I make no money from it. I encourage Mr. Matthews to put it up with every video he posts. Why? To prove that he cares about getting people help.

    As for Edmonton Talks, you need to rethink the language you have used in this article, particularly “predators”, “creeps”, and the title (child sexual abuse, not pedophilia, let us not conflate the two). Most of the people who seek children for sexual purposes do not do so because they are “child predators”, or even from a sexual attraction to children, but because of a myriad of complex motivations, that frankly motivate many kinds of crime. Desperation, life struggles, difficult emotions, depression, anxiety… in short, demonizing these people harms prevention efforts. Why? Because it makes everyone who engages in online solicitation, or child sexual abuse, or sex abuse imagery consumption out to be monsters- inhuman people that we cannot relate to. But the reality is, the people who sexually abuse and exploit children are humans we know and trust, over 90% of the time.

    We need to stop the myth that only monsters or sex offenders abuse children, because that myth blinds us to the facts about sexual abuse.

    If you want to know how to protect children before their lives are impacted by sexual abuse, here are some starting points:

    Test your knowledge of child sexual abuse facts vs. the myths we believe:
    https://preventsexoffense.blogspot.com/2016/08/ten-things-people-do-not-know-about.html
    Learn more about primary prevention, and why it matters:
    https://preventsexoffense.blogspot.com/2016/08/resources-posts-about-primary-prevention.html
    Learn the warning signs in potential abusers…
    https://preventsexoffense.blogspot.com/2015/09/warning-signs-in-potential-abusers.html
    …and learn how to start conversations with them:
    https://preventsexoffense.blogspot.com/2016/06/how-to-talk-with-potential-abuser.html
    And for information about pedophilia, here is a resource list:
    https://preventsexoffense.blogspot.com/2016/07/resources-pedophilia-posts-articles-and.html

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  • Edward G Hronek
    August 28, 2016 at 12:06 PM
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    I can’t believe how big it has gotten and they are doing the community a great service! ^_^

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  • Candace Waldron
    August 28, 2016 at 12:42 PM
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    I didn’t watch the whole video as it, in itself, is a bit scary. What is wrong with just reporting these people to the police?

    And, how much effort was made in “research” about who might help these people in Edmonton? Alberta Hospital, anyone? Lost all credibility with me right there.

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    • Edmonton Talks News
      August 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM
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      If you have any ideas for who they can contact, especially if it’s a long list, please let us know Candace. They’re asking for the public’s assistance here and are doing what they can. 🙂

      They’ve attempted giving this information to the police, but the police have reported that there is nothing they can do with this information, and that they have a better, longer, safer and stealthier process of catching predators like this on the internet.

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  • August 29, 2016 at 7:50 AM
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    Really? Let the Police do it?? have you done any research as to what a pedophile or sexual predator gets sentenced to abuse a child sexually???? check it out before judging a group trying to keep our kids safe!

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    • August 29, 2016 at 8:49 AM
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      You mean a sex abuser or child rapist, willowtree3. Either of the two terms you just use spread two myths: One, that all child sex abusers have a sexual attraction to children (two-thirds do not have such an attraction), and two, that all those with sexual crimes are going to re-offend (the sexual recidivism rate for sex offenders is around 12% according to most meta-analysis, Google “sex offender recidivism studies”).
      Both of those facts that counter the myths spread by the wrong terminology, by the way, mean that most people who solicit children for sex or sexually abuse them will respond very well to treatment, and typically a probation sentence with a mandate to treatment is adequate to ensure safety in the community.

      The bigger problem with letting police exclusively handle these cases is not their sentence, but that there is no universal mandate to treatment. A mandate to sex offender specific treatment varies widely by location. That would be why it would be valuable for Mr. Matthews to have a larger list of treatment places that specialize in treating sexual issues, as the average mental health clinic would have no idea how to treat them and could only give referrals.

      The other problem with such a list is that the average person has no idea where they can go for help until after they have been caught, so even if they know they have a problem and want to do something about it, they do not know where to go for help. While I rather agree with the sentiment to let police handle this stuff (many, many dangers involved, not just for those filming, but for the people around the situation), there has to be more awareness about these issues and more discussion about it.

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  • Samantha Karinna Dobler
    September 2, 2016 at 5:11 PM
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    Riggght. Because that worked so well for sexual predatory offenders… I like creep catchers because they publically out them! If you are publically outed then when your neighbor is a predator you can keep an eye on their interactions and exchanges with children. Policing ourselves precents crimes, calling police prevents additional crimes

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  • Kathy Bradshaw
    August 29, 2016 at 2:39 AM
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    And the police do, so let them do it. And let these people be judged by a court of law, not social media.

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