Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Enemy Is Closer Than You Think

Health Day reminds the public that we have paid much attention to the threat posed to children by strangers - but not to relatives and friends of the family, who are more likely to rape, molest, or otherwise take advantage of your kids.

"At least 85 percent of the child sexual abuse is perpetrated by relatives, or by individuals who are known -- but not related -- to the child," study lead author Esther Deblinger, co-director of the Child Abuse Research Education and Services Institute at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey -- School of Osteopathic Medicine, said in a university new release.

"But more than 90 percent of parents in our survey identified strangers as the biggest danger when talking to their children about sexual abuse," Deblinger said. "More than a third of parents failed to identify adults the child knows and more than 55 percent did not mention relatives as potential abusers. These are essentially the same mistakes parents were making 25 years ago."

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