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Don’t blame the victim

April 6, 2013

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Every 2 minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. Let that sink in a moment. Every 2 minutes....

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SNAPJudy

Apr-06-13 12:33 PM

Thank you for this article: April is child abuse prevention month, children (boys and girls) deserve to be safe. Something to keep in mind- Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and sometimes even their family members. They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse We must overcome the dangerous myth that because someone is successful or warm or caring, he or she “couldn’t have done that!

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SNAPJudy

Apr-06-13 12:37 PM

Also, we must stop thinking that because a man is old, that somehow he’s automatically “safe.” It’s just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an adult is “harmless” simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses, using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age, but they are not signs that an individual is safe around kids.

It is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever. So let's hope that every person who saw, suspects or may has been harmed by anyone, will find the courage and strength to speak up and contact police, no matter how long ago the abuse happened. Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others. Child sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day, Judy Jones, SNAP "Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" 636-4

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