7 Secrets from the Pros on Keeping Your Children Safe from Abduction & Seduction
Warning to Parents
Think, for a moment, of four young girls and seven young boys in your life -- your children, your nieces and nephews, the children in your neighborhood. According to today's statistics, one of the four girls and one of the seven boys has been or will be sexually molested by an adult. If you are like most people, you are quick to say, "Not my children or the ones I know!" But that is what everyone says...and yet, today children are being harmed at an alarming rate in every neighborhood, in every town, and in every walk of life.
The "epidemic" of child sexual abuse is so extreme that it has become too big of a problem for most police departments across the county to handle -- they simply do not have the manpower to deal with it. In fact, a recent survey conducted by the National Institute of Justice reported that 94% of sheriffs, 91% of police chiefs, ad 92% of prosecutors say that child abuse (which includes sexual assault) is causing overwhelming workload problems for their staffs.
The problem of child sexual abuse should come as no surprise to anyone who watches television or reads newspapers and magazines. Every medium from Oprah to Nightline to your local evening news, and from Time to The New York Times to your local daily newspaper, reports regularly on the problem.
If all this does not convince you that there is a problem -- and that you must take the necessary steps to protect your childr -- perhaps the "Seven Secrets of the Pros" discussed in these articles will. We are bringing you this "insiders" information because we want you to understand the problem of child abduction and seduction as it actually exists. We do, however, want to give you fair warning: this informaiton goes beyond "don't talk to strangers" and "run and tell" -- way beyond. This is the dark side of the problem of child molestation: the side that only law enforcement, the courts, and researchers know about. This is information from the police blotters and from the court cases that never make it to your evening news, from the files of the people who are dedicating their lives to stopping child abduction and seduction (and the raping of our children's very childhoods), and from inside the minds of the real "pros," the molesters themselves.
As the saying goes, "forewarned is forearmed." And that's just what parents and guardians need today -- to be forearmed with the knowledge to protect their children. Our children's very lives and future depend on it. Child molestation causes incredible damage in a child, and unlike a broken arm or cut finger, child sexual abuse does not heal and go away. Instead, it creates deep psychological damage which affects the victims for the rest of their lives. There are thousands, if not millions, of adults in recovery today, suffering every day of their lives with the agonizing pain of having been stripped of their childhood and their innocence by adults who should have known better.
This problem can o longer be swept under the rug. It is up to every adult to protect the children in their lives from the people who prey on children's innocence. The U.S. Justice Department tells us that there are four million child molesters in the U.S. In most communities that figure translates, on average, into one molester per square mile. (That means an average of 2,000 child molesters live in a county of 2,000 square miles). Most child molesters harm, on average, over 250 children each before they are caught. What's more, they are four times more likely to re-commit their crime than other violent criminals.
The following "seven secrets of the pros," is tough stuff, but facing it will help keep your child and the children you know safer. "This information is harsh, but accurate," according to one 12-year veteran in the fight to keep children safe from molestation. What is most important is not our own personal discomfort in facing these facts, but to open your eyes to the real world and to ensure our children and those in our lives are not harmed by the pain of abduction and seduction. Please remember that recovery from child sexual abuse is painful and difficult, while prevention is so very easy and painless.
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