Child sex abuse is in the news again this week after a convicted sex offender attempted to sexually assault a 10 year-old boy in a bathroom at an Oregon restaurant. The boy was pulled into the bathroom by the perpetrator after he was separated from his father for a few moments. Once the young boy was left alone, the offender saw an opportunity and assaulted the boy. Read the article here.
This story and many more are the reason that child sexual abuse awareness needs to increase in the wake of the Sandusky trial. Parents should remember to always accompany their child to the public restroom and, in general, be aware of where their child is. In addition, children need to be aware of their surroundings and always ask for a grown-up buddy to be with them, especially in public places.
To learn more about the Grown-Up Buddy system and other abuse prevention tips for parents and families, use our free Safer, Smarter Kids parent toolkit and learn about the Safer, Smarter Kids prevention education curriculum at www.laurens.wpengine.com/curriculum.