WHAT DOES A BOY SCOUT LEADER AND A MEMBER OF THE COUNTY ETHICS COMMISSION HAVE IN COMMON? BOTH WERE ARRESTED IN CHILD SEX STING
Here we go again. More proof that there is not one “face” to a child predator. There is not one occupation … nor one race or gender … where child predators and other sex offenders do not dwell.
A recent crackdown in Columbia, South Carolina led to the arrest of 38 sex offenders. According to the article referenced below, at least one individual admitted to having 5,000 pictures of child pornography in possession. Some of whom were arrested were sex-traffickers. Some, were so-called ‘travelers’… people who go from area to area looking for victims.
Parents, please don’t read these stories, shake your head, and think your child would never become a victim. The parents of these victims probably thought the same thing. While you cannot protect your children every minute of their lives, you can do everything possible to make them aware of the dangers of sexual predators. I’ve heard parents say they just “cross their fingers and hope it never happens to their children.” It’s simply … not enough.
I encourage parents to talk to their children … at the earliest age possible … about child predators. Start the discussion in a way that will not confuse or scare them. They need to know about child predators … and, equally important … children need to be told that whatever the circumstances of a possible assault … they are loved, will be heard … and, supported … no matter the circumstances.
Start the conversation early in their lives. Get to your child … before … a child predator does.
Debbie Barth: 7/27/2018 at 1:36 pm EDT
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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.