I'm sitting here, listening to the ladies who were aspiring gymnasts and were sexually abused by Larry Nassar ... and, shaking my head. My heart breaks for this ladies, and, yes ... a part of me is angry. Sexual predators like Larry Nassar should burn in hell.
One of the things each girl repeated time and time again was ... he (Larry Nassar) was so respected ... so ... his "treatments" ... while uncomfortable and sexual in nature ... must be alright.
The ladies all said they were "young ... and didn't actually understand they were being molested."
The parents are asking themselves ... "how could this happen without me knowing?"
Unfortunately ... I hear this all the time. My answer would be ... that the children honestly didn't understand they were being molested ... (especially in this sexualized social climate.) And ... children do not tell there parents everything ... especially if they have been traumatized.
While we may never stop sexual predators ... I believe we can slow ... them ... down.
Please ... parents .... TALK to your young children about child predators. Make sure they know that no one should touch them in private areas. Let them know that they can come to you and tell you if something is wrong ... no matter who it is that has touched them or made them feel uncomfortable.
Make a promise of love and support for each other.
My book ... The Promise Book; Tell Someone ... makes it much easier to talk to your small children. Simple text, and beautiful illustrations will help your children understand your message, without confusing or scaring them. There is a promise at the end of the book ... that is meant to express the love for one another and a bond. My book is in Amazon and at my website.