In my opinion A Damsel in Defense isn’t only responsible for defending herself. I’m tired of seeing kids molested in the news when a simple parent’s eye could have prevented all of it.
For instance, recently a man was arrested for taking pictures up a four year old girl’s skirt in Deseret Industries. This man was holding the four year old by the arm while sticking a phone up her skirt. Where was the parent? Pedophiles and attackers are everywhere. Use family watch dog to check your neighborhood. Teach your kids how to scream. And first and FOREMOST don’t take them out and expose them to strangers if you aren’t going to keep your eyes on them! The effects of child sexual abuse go on for a long time. Why do people have more children than they can protect?
Also…you may not have trouble protecting your kids, but you may see kids who aren’t protected, and here is what I do about it.
If you see a kid wandering in a store, you can do what I do and keep an eye on them till they find their parents or help them find their parents. Sometimes it weirds parents out, but at least it shows that if I could have been following them, someone else could have been. Someone evil. Just like rapists are looking for the woman walking alone, walking at night, and without confidence, pedophiles are looking for kids who aren’t protected, who are alone, who look uncared for economically or otherwise.
Not all victims offend, but most offenders were also abused. If we can prevent more children being abused, we should be able to prevent more abuse happening in our world. Protection and love for children is the answer.
I can’t stand what happened at DI. I can’t stand that no one was watching, until he’d gotten this far. I know we are all imperfect, but it’s time to step up our paranoia over our children’s sexual safety, and even the safety of other people’s children if that’s what it takes. You can stop a soul from being damaged and hurt, and you’ll never know how far that will reach, who that will end up protecting. Thank goodness someone did catch that man, and he’s in jail.