ONLY 10% OF ABUSE CASES ARE BY STRANGERS

The good news is stranger danger is not as common as you might think. While it is terrifying to think of our child being kidnapped, the vast majority of kidnappings involve family members, and people known to the family/child. Although rare, when a child is abducted by a stranger it is often publicized repeatedly by […]

LOOK FOR AND READ BODY LANGUAGE

Consider how to protect your children when one-on-one activities occur when you are not home or outside the home. When two people are going out alone together: Ask them what their plans are before they leave – how does the adult or older child act? Do they provide specifics? Notice the adult or other child’s […]

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD – PLAY DATES & SLEEPOVERS

Get to know the people in your neighborhood – if there are other parents with children, consider organizing an abuse prevention seminar from a local professional. Contact your local rape/crisis center or police station for resources. Run a search of registered sex offenders online, which usually only lists the most dangerous offenders (level 3). If […]

IN THE HOME

Let your house have an open-door policy when applicable. If it’s daytime and people are around the house – doors should be open if there is more than one person in the room. This should apply every day even if it’s just your immediate family or people are over to visit.  One-on-one time doesn’t need to […]

MINIMIZING ONE-ON-ONE IN MORE CASUAL SITUATIONS

Whether it’s an established karate studio or an in-home piano teacher, there are things we can look for and require to make after school activities safer for our kids. If your child is going to someone’s home, find out where the lessons will be taking place, if you are allowed to stay during the visit, […]

CARETAKERS AND BABYSITTERS

You are obviously putting a great amount of responsibility into the hands of this person. They are alone in your home (or theirs) with your children. You cannot do a background check on someone who is under 18. Hiring a babysitter/caretaker that you feel confident in is important. Don’t put your children in a situation […]

YOUTH SERVING ORGANIZATIONS

Many organizations may already have in place or are working to put into place a protocol for minimizing the sexual abuse of children. This mostly applies for large organizations that are at greater risk, and their insurance companies are actually requiring that they have protocol in place to minimize opportunity as well as reporting procedures. […]

PEOPLE OF AUTHORITY

These are people whom we hold a level of respect for that may or may not work with children. We want to believe they are responsible, good, caring people. Rabbis, teachers, doctors, policemen, business owners, coaches, youth leaders, tutors, clergy, babysitters, caretakers, etc. We must accept that these people are just that – people. We cannot […]