• Protecting Yourself & Your Family

  • Sex offenders have developed many techniques for luring victims. They are able to seduce children with attention, affection and gifts; have hobbies and interests appealing to children; and may show sexually explicit videos or pictures to children. Generally, they are skilled at identifying vulnerable victims and are able to identify better with children than adults.

    We must be responsible in teaching our children to avoid situations that put them in danger of abuse, molestation or abduction. Help protect your child by establishing a home environment where you child feels safe to tell you anything, without fear of shame, ridicule or punishment.

    A safe and supportive home environment, combined with clear instructions about what behavior is acceptable and what is not, will guide your child’s actions and encourage your child to tell you if something improper happens.

    Many parents warn their children not to talk to strangers. But often times the child knows the abuser or abductor. He or she can be a school bus driver, teacher, relative, neighbor, family friend or someone in your church. Many times the molestation occurs in the home of the victim or the abuser.

    It is best to teach your child to avoid certain situations or actions. Children should know from an early age that some behavior is not acceptable, and that they have the right to tell any one to leave them alone which also includes adults. Here are some safety suggestions for children and adults:

    • Do not keep secrets from your parents. No one can hurt your parents or pets if you tell what happened.
    • Stay away from people who call you near their car.
    • If someone tries to take you, yell and scream, “This person is not my mom (dad)”. Kick and struggle to break free
    • If you become lost in a store, go to a checkout counter or to another mom that has children. Do not wander around on your own.
    • No one should touch you in the areas covered by your bathing suit, and you should not be asked to touch anyone there.
    • Do not let anyone take your picture without permission from your parents.
    • Be aware of your surroundings whether you are in a parking lot or in a store.
    • Avoid parking in areas that are not well lit at night and avoid going to an ATM after dark. If this is unavoidable, make sure you know if there is anyone loitering in the area of the ATM or sitting in a parked vehicle near the area of the machine.
    • If contact with someone makes you feel uncomfortable, go with that intuition. Better safe than sorry.
    • If you are going out, make someone you know is aware of your plans, approximately when you plan on returning and if anyone else may be going with you as well as your mode of transportation.

    Be Aware - Be Smart - Stay Safe