My Interview with a
Convicted Sex Offender
|It’s only been 4 weeks since Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and even now, new information is becoming public regarding who in authority knew what, who was complicit and how these crimes against innocent boys could have been prevented. This past Sunday on Meet the Press, Bob Costas talked about the collateral damage when injustice occurs, such as the possible suspension of the Penn State football program in this case. The old saying is true, “The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is that good men (and women) to do nothing.”I wish I could say I am surprised to hear that an “upstanding leader in our community” has been accused of child sexual abuse. I never am. Perhaps I’m not surprised because I was sexually abused by such a person when I was a young girl. Or perhaps it’s because I see it every day. Am I a cynic? No. Am I a realist? Yes. Research indicates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before adulthood; sadly, 30-40% of these victims are abused by a family member and 50% are abused by someone outside the family whom they know and trust. (U.S. Department of Justice)
I had the rare opportunity to interview a convicted sex offender for our Internet Safety 101 DVD series. I thought he would be the ideal person to educate adults, as well as kids, about how predators think, how they seduce and groom their victims, how they view themselves, how they develop a sexual appetite for children and why they decide to act upon that desire.
Let’s not forget the victims, not only in the Sandusky case, but all the victims; those who have come forward and those who have not. Admitting that you have been abused by an adult is hard, it feels shameful, it’s embarrassing and hard to admit.
When these tragedies come to our attention, as difficult and alarming as they can be, they also serve as teachable moments. So let’s not forget this case, because child sex abuse is happening in our own backyards, in our communities and even in our own families, right beneath our nose and we no longer have any excuse for saying, “I had no idea.” “How can this happen?”
We have to understand as adults, parents, grandparents, educators, and caring adults that we cannot recognize disguised predators, there is no physical profile. And if we cannot recognize them, how can children?
There are however key features typifying today’s predator/pedophile:
Enough Is Enough® (EIE) exists to protect the innocence of children from harms they should never have to face. Let’s not forget that the children in our own lives are not immune from sexual abuse, either online or offline. We created the Internet Safety 101® Program to educate and empower parents and adults to keep kids safe while using the Internet and digital technologies. I urge you if you have a child in your life, to get a copy of our award winning program. It’s really good! We won 3 Telly Awards for the DVD series. The Internet Safety 101® DVD appeals to your head and your heart. Be prepared to laugh, to cry, and above all, to become empowered to protect children from online dangers.
We must be the first line of defense to protect their innocence. Remember, you are the good men and women who can prevent evil from flourishing, in your own family and community, so get your copy of Internet Safety 101® now.
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