It’s time to Fodder Up! and educate yourself on what you can do as a father to ensure that you are doing everything in your power to ensure that no harm comes to your child, by your hand, a family member’s hand, a caregiver’s, a teacher’s, or a stranger’s. It is a father’s job to protect the innocence of his child for as long as it is humanly possible. It is a dad’s job to preserve the light that each and every child exudes, ensuring that, on your watch, no one will take the beauty or the wonderment of a happy childhood away from your little boy or girl.
We all know the films; movies with scenes where a father has to take vengeance on those who have harmed his little girl. Films like Death Wish or A Time to Kill where fathers merely react and inflict pain on those who have committed horrific acts against their children. Or films like Sleepers, where little boys cry out for their dads in the middle of the night as their abusers rob them of their innocence, and, more often than not, the fathers never find out. These are only movies, and as frightening as they may be, reality is ten times scarier.
So what can you do? Lock up your children? Only leave them with people you trust? Well, who do you really trust with your child? Statistics say if a child is going to be abused it’s not going to be by someone they’ve never met before, it’s going to be by someone close to them like a parent, a grandparent, a family friend, a coach, or a babysitter. It’s time to prepare yourself for the realities… 1 in every six children will be sexually abused. How do you prevent this from happening to your child?
A. STATISTICS: (source: www.turningpointservices.org)
It is estimated that as many as 40 million Americans, one in six people, experienced sexual victimization as children:
• 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys will be sexually victimized before age 18.
• The most common ages of children when sexual abuse occurs are between 8 and 12.
• Child sexual abuse is seldom a one-time occurrence, and lasts and average of 1 to 4 years.
• 75% to 80% of all children assaulted or abused were victimized by someone they knew.
• One of five rape victims is under age 12; 10% of all are under age 5.
• Over 80% of offenders first offended by the age of 30 years.
B. ARTICLE: CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW
C. ARTICLE: COMMON MYTHS ABOUT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE -
D. ARTICLE: PREVENTION: TEACHING ‘GOOD’ TOUCH VERSUS ‘BAD’ TOUCH
E. ARTICLE: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM PREDATORS
F. ARTICLE: WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN MOLESTED :
- Supporting your child through the process of proceeding forward (Note: I found this information helpful, even if it has its biases...based on statistics).
We all want our children to be safe. Arm yourself with the tools to ensure your child won't become just another statistic.
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