Danger, sickness and evil visited our neighborhood this week. Two young sisters ages 8 and 10 were molested by a 43 year old deviant disguised as a family friend. The danger in this case, as with 90% of all sexual assault cases involving minors, came from NOT a from a stranger, but from an individual trusted by the family. The silver lining in this story is that the perpetrator is in jail because the girls told their parents. The mother of these girls regularly spoke with her daughters about their bodies, appropriate behavior and how to handle situations that made them uncomfortable. Because of these talks, the girls immediately reported the event. This enabled their parents and the police to quickly act, thus protecting them and most likely other children from further harm.
Momgadget is sharing this story because we think its important to remind parents that most dangers faced by their children do not come from strangers, but from people they know. More important, we’d like to encourage you to talk to your children today. Creating an environment of trust and open dialogue is one of the most important things you can do to protect your children from most dangers.
The following links go to articles that will give you more information about ‘how’ to talk with your kids and protect them from more than just strangers.
This is an excellent article with very specific suggestions and wording to help you talk with your children about their bodies, secrets, and appropriate behavior.
The facts about where dangers lurk.
A nice directory of articles specifically targeted to talking with your children about : Drugs & Alcohol, Relationships & Sex, Violence, What They See on TV, Divorce and other issues.