As a parent, it’s hard to know that you can’t always be there to step in when your child’s being threatened. If you’re a parent who worries often about the dangers of his or her child out in public, you aren’t alone. Educate your children on child predators so they can better protect themselves from harm.
A study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found that about three quarters of parents feared that their children might be abducted. One third of parents said they feared this more than sports injuries, car accidents and drug addiction.
A pattern showed that children who escaped their attempted abductor did at least one of the following: screaming, yelling to draw attention, running, or physically pulling away, rather than being polite and quiet.
Of the known outcomes of children successfully escaping the suspect, 51% of the children walked away or ran with no physical contact, 30% of the children reported doing some sort of action (kicking, pulling away, yelling, or attracting attention) and 19% of incidents involved a bystander or a parent stepping in to rescue the child.
Some of the most common trends among attempted abductors are:
- 70% of the times of attempted abductions, the suspect was driving a vehicle
- 34% took place between 2-7 pm, when kids are out of school and less supervised
- 32% occurred when the child was going to and from school
- 65% involved a female child
- 37% of the children were between the ages of 10-14 years old
In such incidents reported where the suspect tired to lure the child, these five techniques were commonly used:
- 28% offered the child a ride
- 11% offered the child candy or sweets
- 18% asked the child questions
- 8% offered the child money
- 7% used an animal to lure the child
According to NCFME, of the 12,900 attempted abduction reports analyzed since 2005, there were 100 different lures used.
The most important thing you can do for your child to make sure they’re safe when you aren’t around is to keep them informed. Make it a point to educate them and talk to them about these issues. It’s time we teach them more than “don’t talk to strangers.”
If your child has questions about this, or if an incident occurs in your community, use this opportunity to educate them about what they can do to protect themselves if they’re ever in a dangerous situation.
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