Re: BSA: future adult registrations ????
Brian Davis (brian@SETON.COR.NET)
Mon, 6 Mar 1995 08:07:35 +0000
On Fri, 3 Mar 1995, Marc Solomon wrote:
> At 12:15 PM 3/2/95 -0500, David G. Weerts wrote:
> >The best protection for our children is know the adults involved.
> Besides, knowing the adults involved is not very good protection! I would
> venture to say that a large number of child molestors were well known by the
> victim's parents and were considered to be a friend of these parents.
This is absolutely correct. The vast majority of child molestation
offenses are committted by persons known to the victim/child, especially
if the victim is a girl. Having your child know his scout leaders is
*NO* protection at all.
> The best protection, IMHO, would be in the education of the children.
Exactly. So many parents hide behind the silly, utterly ridiculous
notion of "stranger danger" because it means they don't have to confront
this horrendous issue head-on. They can hide behind some illusion of
weird men in trenchcoats. If your child is molested, most likely your
husband/wife/uncle/next-door-neighbor did it. Children must know how to
defend themselves against deviant adults. There is no other way.
> I hate to teach our children to distrust everybody and that people can be
> dangerous, but the alternative is much worse.
Indeed. My old daddy used to tell me "Trust everyone son, but brand your
calves". I don't think kids need to be taught to distrust everyone. But
I do think they need to know how to spot someone trying to seduce them.
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