What Child Molesters Can Teach You About Keeping Your Child Safe
How Child Molesters Fool You and Your Child
Research indicates that one in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually abused. Child safety is our responsibility as adults, not a burden that children should shoulder by themselves. Fewer than 10% of child victims report. Worse still, 52% of child molesters surveyed reported that, when the children did tell, they were able to “talk the adults out of calling the police.” After that, most molested more children.
As adults, we need to prepare children and talk to them about sexual abuse and offender behavior. If we don’t talk to them, who will?
Sexual abuse starts with a relationship. Offenders gain the child’s trust and friendship. Offenders are clever. They talk to the child about or expose the child to sexual behavior or pornography. If the offender is sneaky enough, the child will not feel uncomfortable. They make it feel good because they know that if they cause pain or fear, the child will tell. Most children don’t tell because they get tricked into thinking they went along with it or caused it. Simply put, children are no match for offenders, if the offender is older, more manipulative, or able to control the situation.
Unless parents or caregivers have talked to them, children don’t know that what is happening is wrong and the more it happens, the harder it is to tell. Offenders tell children that people won’t believe them, will be angry at them, or will be hurt by the disclosure. They are convincing and children believe them.
The overwhelming majority of child abuse victims are abused by someone they know and trust and their parents would never suspect. Only you can protect your child. Educate yourself and your family about child abuse. Don’t let a child molester do it for you!
COMMUNICATE. LISTEN. BELIEVE.
The first call you make should be to the Police! The Police do not care about your immigration status when reporting child abuse.
Signs & Symptoms of Sexual Abuse
Every child is different. Just like an adult, a child may exhibit many types of behaviors when exposed to a situation. Some children that are abused may exhibit some of the following behaviors:
What Sex Offenders Say About How Easy It Is to Entice Your Child
Who am I? I Am A Sex Offender
How I Gain Access
What I Do
What Sex Offenders Say on How You Can Protect Your Child
Important Things to Know
“If you find out I have abused a child, because the child tells you, believe them. Children lie to get out of trouble, not into trouble. They have probably told you only the tip of the iceberg. If you confront me, I will talk you out of making the call and continue offending. Don’t argue with me, just make the call. If you talk to me first, I will do whatever I can to keep you from doing the right thing. I will tell you that it was the first time. I will promise to never do it again and say that I am sorry. I will promise to get counseling. What I really mean is that I’m sorry I got caught. If you don’t make the call, I will not get the help that I need, and it will be your fault. Yes, I might go to prison, but I deserve it. Do not feel sorry for me. What I have been doing is criminal and children will be safer with me behind bars. Hold me accountable. Don’t ever let me be alone with your children again! It will be my fault if I re-offend, but it will be your fault, if you let me.”
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