Kids are stupid. Really. That’s why I wish people would stop having more kids than they can protect.
Any trip I take I see it everywhere, a young toddler in the front yard alone, a 7 year old wandering in the mall, a kid on the sidewalk in front of a store. I could have picked them up and run off if I wanted to.
Protecting and supervising our kids isn’t enough though. People close to us can also be harmful. So here’s some tips on pedophiles.
1. They LOOK for lonely, unsupervised, poor, or lonely/unhappy children. Yes. They do. So remember when you want to yell or crush your child’s spirit you are saying to a potential predator that that child is less protected.
2. They live near schools, and churches. Even with laws that should prevent it, they do. And they watch schoolyards. Don’t assume your children are safe playing at even their most familiar places.
3. They aren’t the creepers around the corner with the obviously sinister appearance. If they were, they wouldn’t get parents to trust them with their children, and children to trust them in general. They are charismatic, the favorite teacher, the soccer coach, and even in my friend’s case, the ice skating assistant coach. Make sure someone is watching practice.
4. Search your zipcode on a sex offender registry. It will sicken you but at least scare you into awareness. Just google “your state’s name” plus sex offender registry. Remember it is illegal to use the info there for anything other than awareness and your own safety. No harassment. Read the fine print before you accept the terms to enter your state’s registry.
I’m sure you are all wonderful mothers or will be one day. But this world is getting more evil. It’s an awareness game. No one wants to talk about something so awful, but if no one does, it leads people to think it’s okay to leave their children unattended.
Lots of people want to talk about the child molester problem. Blah blah they are mentally ill, blah blah they will re-offend when they get out of jail. And truthfully, our system does NOT properly address them. So I was asked by someone once, what would you suggest? How do we deal with predators?
My answer is to turn it over to families. Educate people how to protect their own. If each family protected it’s children, abusers would have no victims, and if victims decreased, so would offenders. Because while most victims don’t become abusers, a good portion of abusers suffered monstrous abuse.
And one other thing. This isn’t about hatred. It isn’t about rejoicing when predators are harmed in jail. We shouldn’t glory in anyone’s anguish, and I think we need to remember that we don’t know a person’s history. I am in no way condoning child abuse. I know personally that is it one of the cruelest, most unfair and traumatically scarring things that a person can choose to do to another person. And one day they will be held responsible.
But I am saying that hate solves nothing, but love can help us protect.
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