Marcia Virginia Trimble was a 9-year-old girl who disappeared on February 25, 1975, while delivering Girl Scout Cookies in Green Hills, an affluent area in Nashville, Tennessee.
Her body was discovered 33 days after her disappearance, on Easter Sunday, near the Trimble family home. She had been sexually assaulted. The case went unsolved for 33 years.
While this was over 43 years ago … this, unfortunately, wasn’t the last time a child has gone missing, and later, found dead. It happens … all too often. The circumstances may be different, but the loss of an innocent child still shocks us all, and tears at the heart of their families.
Children should feel safe selling cookies, Christmas wreaths, Discount Books, etc. door-to-door. It’s a wonderful way to teach them about business and interacting with customers. Children should feel safe, walking in the neighborhood.
But children should also be armed with the knowledge they need, in an effort to keep them safe.
Parents, please talk to your children about child predators. Tell them to never go inside ANYONE’S home without your knowledge … or … when out, going door-to-door … in a school or group activity. Simply saying it’s because “you said so” or … “there’s bad people out there” … is not enough.
They need examples of why you feel this way. They need to know what can happen. They need to know that they do NOT go into a house, a garage … and, most definitely … not a car … at any age … without you having prior knowledge.
Marcia Virginia Trimble … left home to deliver Girl Scout cookies. She never came back.
Debbie Barth:11/12/2018 at 5:30 pm ET
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Debbie Barth is the author of The Promise Book: Tell Someone. Her goal is to aid parents who understand the necessity of talking to their children about child predators in way that doesn’t confuse or scare them.
The book is available on Amazon and at www.thisisdebbiebarth.com