May 2, 2013 at 10:38 am
Sex offender moves in, residents voice concerns
"Judy Pearson, Director of Pearl Crisis Center, was also there that night to observe the proceedings.
“This was my first experience attending a notification meeting and was pleasantly surprised by the number of concerned community members and parents in attendance,” Pearson said. “I was, however, saddened by the lack of knowledge regarding this issue. Sexual assault and violence against children happens every day in our communities and, frighteningly enough, the most dangerous predator, and most likely to violate your child, is someone you know and trust.”
The ‘stranger’ you know
She said that’s not to say that parents should stop watching out for strangers, but they need to pay closer attention to those they know.
“It is not the stranger in the park — it is the people you have in your home,” Pearson said. “The people most likely to abuse a child are the ones with the most opportunity, most access and most trust. Abusers can be parents, step-parents, uncles, aunts, step-siblings, baby sitters, tutors and family friends.”"
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