May 19, 2023

We all know that prevention of child sexual abuse is not an easy task, especially when in many cases the offenders are trusted adults. That is why it is even more important to make sure we don’t put children in a potentially risky situation. We can at least try to prevent the preventable situations.

That is the main point I try to make in my book titled “Father Figure – my mission to prevent child sexual abuse”. There are things that one can do to be more careful about putting children in situations that can be harmful for them.

In the true account story I describe in the book, a single mother, with 2 young daughters, starts dating a convicted child molester, without knowing that he is a convicted child molester. But then, even after learning about his recent troubling past, she continues to allow the two young daughters to come in regular contact with him. The question is whether or not this is a potentially risky situation for the kids?

We can argue about this for hours, but in my view, when we are talking about prevention, this is an excellent example of when it will be a good idea to keep the children away until the mother is much more confident about her relationship with the person. It is important to take this precaution and I believe that most people will understand if the mother decides to take precautions of this nature.

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