Posted by Dinah on August 26, 2002, at 17:08:25
In reply to Got any kids? » oracle, posted by BeArDedLADY on August 26, 2002, at 15:51:48
Almost 20 years ago at age 10 or 11 a couple of guys followed beside me in a car at the same rate I walked. I was walking my very slow and laid back dog off leash at the time and yelled "LuLu sic 'em" at the same time I took off running and the dog broke into a confused lope towards me and the guys took off.
A neighbor girl was abducted off the same street several years later and thrown in the trunk of a car. Fortunately she screamed so loud that you could hear her outside the car and the guys got nervous and stopped a mile or so away to let her out. She was very lucky.
If we ever felt safe we were deluding ourselves. I doubt it is any worse now than then. Kids are always at risk, should always be taught to be careful, and should be attended closely.
And worse yet, now as always, they should also be warned about people they might trust who do things that they don't want their parents to know about. I always tell my son that the more someone tells you not to tell your parents something, the more threats they make, the more you should immediately tell us. And I've taught him about good and bad touches.
He doesn't seem to be overly frightened about it. He seems to see it as part of the name, address, and telephone number drill.