Please note this video discusses males being sexual predators. However, keep in mind that females can also be sexual predators.
As we all have learned by now, Josh Duggar has admitted to molesting five girls (some of which are his own sisters). So, I have to ask, what if your son was Josh Duggar, would you know what to do? While this type of abuse is going on all around us, this particular case brings child sexual abuse to the forefront and advocates everywhere have the chance to chime in on how this could have been handled differently in order to protect the victims. It is also a chance to point out the crucial aspects society is somehow missing:
1) Child sexual abuse is most likely committed by someone your child knows – in fact, this is the case 90% of the time. Also, there is a rise on youth to youth child sexual abuse and this amounts to 40% of the cases.
2) Child sexual abuse is a crime. It does not matter of one’s religious beliefs. It does not matter how someone was raised to view sexuality. It does not matter if the abuse is committed by someone you love and trust. Nor does it matter if someone apologizes after the abuse has occurred – child sexual abuse is and will always be a crime. If you are aware of abuse, it is your moral and ethical responsibility to report the abuse immediately to the police and/or CPS.
3) Adults are responsible for protecting children being victimized – not protecting the sexual predator. Harboring a sexual predator’s secrets of child sexual abuse is not okay. If you truly love your child, spouse, cousin, uncle, brother, sister, father, grandpa, etc. that has sexually abused a child, then you should ensure the abuse is reported immediately, boundaries are set, and everyone involved receives proper counseling by educated professionals in the field.
4) Child sexual abuse can be prevented! Please educate yourself, your family, your friends, the facilities where your children participate, and by all means – educate your children. To learn more about grooming, please visit: http://baileybeebelieves.com/learn-more/. To learn more about our educational program, please visit: http://baileybeebelieves.com/store/bundle-set/.
Jennifer Hillman is a licensed speech-language pathologist, producer of the AWARD-WINNING educational DVD, “The Five B’s”, mother of two and an active advocate and speaker for sexual abuse prevention education in the home, churches and in schools.
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