66% of children who are sexually abused are between the ages of 12-17 (rain.org). Recently a teacher from my high school was arrested for soliciting sex from a 15 year old boy. It really disturbed me, in part because I remember that teacher "mentoring" several male students during high school. He was praised for his investment into kid's lives. I know we have heard this before, but predators earn our child's trust and ours. We assume this won't happen to our child. We assume because a person is a "Christian" they are safe. We assume if a person is kind to us that they are safe. We assume our teenager wouldn't allow anything to happen to them. If you are allowing anyone repeated time alone with your child, be mindful. Don't assume your child would tell you if they felt uncomfortable. Continue to ask questions and educate despite your child's age. Keep the lines of communication open regarding this topic with your teen. In doing so, their alignment with you is solidified aka they know you have their back, even if they allow something to happen and feel shame about it.
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