Stranger danger. It gives us chills and keeps us up at night when we hear of a child abduction on the news. But what percentage of offenders who molest children are strangers?
It may surprise you to learn that 90 – 95% of children, who are molested, are violated by someone they know and trust. Of the 90 – 95%, approximately 34% are violated by a family member, and approximately 59% are violated by an acquaintance.
We must understand this in order to best protect our children. We must teach our children what sexual abuse is and what they should do if they encounter it.
And if we don’t . . . the above statistics should give us chills and keep us awake tonight.