You Can Help Prevent Child Abuse and Exploitation


Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Parents work hard to protect their children from harm of any sort. We feed them well, teach them to watch out for vehicles in crosswalks and offer counsel to get them safely through childhood. But what can we do when the danger lurks not in shadowy corners and fast automobiles but in the most trusted place away from home?

We live in a very small community and our local elementary school has about 300 children total, including prekindergarten classes. The walls throughout the school are painted with colorful murals, the library is the heart of the school and every teacher knows every child by name.

Today, one of those beloved teachers is in jail for sexually abusing some of his students and other children, one as young as four years old. He has been charged with nine counts so far and the investigation continues as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and State Bureau of Investigation interview families and children. These are third grade students, most are eight or nine years old and this pedophile has sent pictures of them across the world. He has been part of an international child pornography ring for years apparently. Officials estimate dozens of victims will now come forward.

This monster has been a teacher for twelve years and had access to thousands of students. Some of his terrible actions occurred in the classroom itself. He made himself a beloved teacher and friend, teaching not only his own class but was involved in the Drama Club, Robotics competition, and other fun activities. He was not called Mr. Brookes but Mr. B. by the children, others teachers and parents alike. (name changed to protect the children)

This fits the textbook example of a career pedophile. They put themselves in the vicinity of children, and then become a friend as well as a teacher, minister, leader, etc. This monster that manifested in our own community befriended students and parents on Facebook and other social media. He went to birthday parties, sporting events and was an upstanding member in church.

They do these things to make children trust them and parents to relax their vigilance. Put simply, they remove a person’s natural instincts then move in for the attack. The victim has been manipulated for a long time and the perpetrator has “groomed” them well so he/she can convince the child to keep the secret.

What can we do to prevent this sort of tragedy from happening in our community, churches, schools, Scouts, sports, and other places and to our own kids? We must educate ourselves to be proactive and not heartsick after the fact.


The internet is a wonderful resource to research and learn about this subject. Many state and federal government agencies offer free online articles and will mail pamphlets upon request. The Darkness to Light agency is one of the best training resources I have ever found. They have trained facilitators who teach groups all over the country. A concerned citizen can locate and schedule a trainer through the website. They come to parents, grandparents, scouts, churches and other groups.

Most, if not all, states have a Prevent Child Abuse agency and they provide counseling and information free of charge to interested parties. Contact your local Department of Social Services to receive contact names and numbers.

On a more personal scale, we can and must initiate changes in the vicinity we have power over. The abuser discussed above committed atrocities within the confines of the school building and the classroom. How was this possible? The classrooms in the school are solid wooden doors and are often closed when teachers need quiet and focused students.

It is my intention to force the county School Board to change out these doors for ones that have a large glass window. The window must never be covered or in any way manipulated to conceal what is happening within. A passerby should be able to see every area of the room within.

Are the doors in your children’s school solid or with a large window? Is the view unobstructed? Check for yourself and be adamant about this safety issue.


Safety Rules To Follow

People with evil intentions are everywhere. They place themselves in a position to be near children. This fact can not be repeated enough.

  • Everyone working or volunteering around children must have a background check on file. It is your right as a parent to ask to see these.
  • Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have rules that require at least two adults be present at all times. Verify these protections are being followed and challenge the group leader if they are not.
  • Church leaders such as Sunday School and nursery workers should be held to the strictest standards of integrity. No one should ever be alone with a child for any reason. Ask the Pastor to insure all persons have been checked out and insist on safety precautions.
  • Teach your child that no one is allowed to touch them from the shoulders to the knees. This is their private and personal area and is sacrosanct. Any tickling or contact of any kind even by parents should be outside this area.
  • Children should be taught the proper word for their body parts. It is not a woo-woo, a butterfly or a winkie. It is a penis or whatever. Molesters often teach very young children the wrong name for their privates to create confusion.
  • Teach children that secrets are dangerous. They are to never hide anything from their parents or guardian. This will help them feel comfortable coming to you if they have been asked to keep inappropriate contact a secret.
  • Social media and email providers have minimum age requirements. A person has to be 13 or older to sign up for Facebook, YouTube, Google email and other places on the web, but children as young as 8 or 9 have accounts. Parents must say NO to their child concerning these matters and explain the reason for the rules.

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A Drop In The Bucket

These materials, tips and hints are just a drop in the bucket. There are many more resources, actions and accountability charts available to anyone interested in learning more. Every parents, guardian, teacher, worker and concerned person must become involved. We can not depend on someone else to keep our little loved ones safe. Ultimately it is our responsibility and joy to know they keep their innocence for a long, long time. A woman told me only a few weeks ago that she did not need the Darkness to Light training and now she knows that she certainly did. We all do.

In the Holy Bible, Luke 17:1-2 says, "Then said he (Jesus) unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."

Even 2,000 years ago, horrible things were happening and they seem to grow even more incomprehensible every year. Justice will come for those who harm little children. It may not be in our lifetime but God will not forget and His justice is perfect. We can only do our best to keep our babies out of harm's way until that day when the great Creator gathers us all into His loving arms and no more tears are ever shed. Right now I long for today to be that time of fulfillment. As I look upon my own child who was mercifully spared from that monster's evil at school, I weep for the ones who fell prey to the wolf. I pray for their families, their future and that their tiny hearts will be healed and that minds will lose memory of those abuses.


Justice moved swiftly for this man who misused and harmed children in his care. Twenty eight days after his arrest and guilty plea, he was sentenced to 49 1/2 years in prison. Our world is safer. Now we must get the other wolves away from our precious little ones.

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Hyphenbird 12 months ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello gerimcclym. You are welcome. The awful perversion of child abuse permeates our world. f we can st one person from perpetuating it, we have succeeded in one step to eliminate it eventually. The Darkness To Light program is wonderful. It causes one to see in a new way without making one paranoid. I am thrilled this article blessed you. Thank you.

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gerimcclym 12 months ago from Colorado

Thank you for writing this article. Child abusers are often victims of child abuse so the cycle continues... I'm glad it was stopped in this case, with the abuser ending up in jail for what appears to be most of the rest of his life. It is so important to teach children what is appropriate touch and what's not. I had not heard of the Darkness to Light training but will look into it through the link you provided. Thank you again for shedding light on this critical issue.

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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

We should never let our guards down. In our place alone, due to poverty and greeted, some parents are promoting photography using their children. Great hub!

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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello skye2day. I also long for His return. What a day of relief it will be to leave this sinful world. You are right that we can pray for our little children around the globe. So many forget to do that simple but powerful thing. Blessings to you!

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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

newjerusalem, you are right. We must all be aware and proactive. So many things can be done to ensure the safety of our children. Thank you for stopping by and for caring about our little ones.

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newjerusalem 3 years ago from India

Awareness-creating article. Parents and children must be aware of child abuse. Institutes should keep watch on the teachers and staffs. Class room concepts are really good. children should be taught always to be in company with their friends and they should also avoid to be with single adult. CCTV camera provision in Schools and Institutes will also be much helpful.

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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

hyphenbird Hello Sister. I landed on your hub again today. I wept through the whole writing. Hyph I cant wait until Jesus returns. However we need to so help our little ones to be safe and protected. I do pray all is well with you and yours precious daughter of the King.

Everyone, we can pray for our little ones that are abused. Pray and pray some more!! God Bless You and Yours. Love, Skye

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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Justice285. You are right. We all do need this information and to keep our eyes open. Child abuse is all around us. We can save lives by being watchful and involved. Thank you for stopping by.

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Justice285 3 years ago

that a real good idea we need that in the real world

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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you dear Skye. I appreciate you so very much.

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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Dearest Hyph Blessings precious sister. This is one of the best reads I have run across on protecting our little ones from harms way. May God Bless you for getting this vital information out there.

In the name of Jesus I pray many come to read. Sister this is a problem we can all help to conquer. We need to be stepping up and taking a stand for the little ones and the monsters out there need to get handcuffed and out of here. I love you sister. Your writing is eloquent, heartfelt, powerful and truth. Love how you backed up with Gods word. May the favor of God shine on you today and always. May Gods protection cover your son from head to toe and inside to out in HIS Glorious love, keeping him from harms way. In Jesus name, Amen.

Sending a hug. Love your sista in Christ. Skye

shared, bookmarked up all the way girl Keep shining the light sister.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello sgbrown. Just lat week I saw a classroom with the window papered over. I told the school principal and he has it removed. So we each CAN make a difference and save a child. That No Secret rule is crucial. My son's father told him to keep something secret from me and was told "secrets are dangerous". It was only about playing too many video games but a he knew the answer. I was so proud of him. Thank yo for the votes and for caring.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Peggy There have been more teachers arrested that were part of the same pedophile ring. It makes me very sad. I also am grateful that my own little one was not hurt by this terrible man and incredibly devastated that others were. My heartaches constantly. Thank you for your compassion and caring love.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I too am thankful that your child did not fall prey to this monster. It is such a shame that these types of things can happen. I agree with the doors of the class rooms having large windows. I also agree with 2 adult teachers being with the younger children. It is a shame that we have to take these precautions, but we must protect our children. We do need to tell our children that there are NO secrets to be kept from their parents, especially when that "secret" comes from another adult. Excellent hub! Voted up and awesome!

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

First of all...sharing this to raise awareness. So sad to hear about another incident of a teacher abusing a student. It seems that so much more of that is happening in this day and age. Glad that your children were spared and like you said, we can hope and pray that the little abused ones can recover and lead lives that are not adversely impacted for the rest of their lives. Good parenting involves discussions of staying safe from predators. Children must also feel like they can safely discuss any topic with their parents or guardians. Up and useful votes!

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Kathleen Cochran, I am so sorry that happened to your little girl. You have done well in educating her in this regard. Children must know the real words so they are not fooled or deceived by these creeps. I hope the nasty pervert is in jail now. They do seem to be everywhere, just waiting to spring and prey on the innocents of the world. It makes me physically sick. But as each one of us steps up, we can eradicate them. Thank you so much.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Ruchi Urvashi, your observations are so right. Two adults always present is a great protection for the children and the adults. Our children are worth everything. They are indeed our future in many ways. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

jennzie -, thank you. He is in his fifties so he will never get out to hurt another child. Thanks for sharing this. Each one of us can make a difference.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Victoria Lynn, thanks for the sharing. I agree there can never be too much knowledge about this matter. It is a scourge on our children and society.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello rajan jolly. You are so right. Our children must know they can come to us about anything. No court case in our area has ever been so swiftly resolved as this one. Sadly, more teachers have been discovered, not at our school though. I am glad you found this Hub and thank you for caring so much.

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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

A distant relative exposed himself to my five year old on Christmas Eve in my Mother's house. Talk about the least expected time for something like this to happen! Thank God she wasn't scared or hurt because she plainly told him that was not a "sneaky snake" it was his penis. She told me about the incident very matter of factly the next day.

Thanks for writing about this difficult subject. We can never be too careful in protecting children from these monsters who seem to be everywhere.

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Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

I too think it is very important for the awareness to spread and each of us need to play a part. It is very essential that atleast 2 adults are present in kindergarten or schools and presence of good windows. These small steps can help to prevent such abuses from happening and improve the life of children, our future generation.

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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

It's great to hear that that sicko is locked up so he can't harm anymore kids. This is an excellent hub on a very important topic that all parents should be made aware of. Sharing this one.

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

So true, so true! And I'm so glad that at least one person is off the streets! There's never enough sharing about this stuff, so I'm sharing your hub!

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Brenda, I'm glad justice has been delivered fast to the person concerned. With social networking and internet on the upswing we need to teach our children how to be not only cautious with dealing with people both known and unknown but to confide in parents or guardians any deviation from accepted behavior by anyone.

Very useful information here, which I am sharing. Voted up and useful.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

I know remaniki, I feel the same way about typos. I think we notice them more than others do though. So do not give it another thought.

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Brenda, Thanks for your response. Yes, sharing of such content becomes a must-do sometimes because cute little children unaware of dangers lurking in unexpected places are the victims.

When I saw my own comment (my earlier 0ne) here now, I saw more than one typo. Sorry about that. I hate to see typos in my content.

Thanks again Brenda, Cheers, Rema.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hi remaniki. It disturbs me also and partly because it seems to become more pervasive instead of less. Thank you for sharing this Hub. I pray it helps others know what to look for and what to do so their own children are not hurt by one of these awful people. I appreciate your visit and comments.

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Hi Brenda,

This is a subject which is close to my heart and it disturbs me a lot when I hear about such incidents. I can't tell you how much it affects my day too because I just can't even (none of us can) imagine how some people have such evil thoughts when they see innocent little children.

You have a very sad tale beautifully and with a great purpose. Thanks Brenda for this wonderful hub. Sharing it cross for many more people to know about such misdeeds and be warned. Cheers, Rema.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

His prinesz, I feel the same way. I wish I could home school my son. But he loves people and is very social (unlike me) and loves school. I pray for him and for all the children every day. I know God watches over my son and that gives me peace. Thank you for stopping by to read this important article.

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His princesz 4 years ago

It breaks my heart to see and hear children abused. There is no safe place for them except home. I am now more convinced to homeschool my future children.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

midget38, I am pleased you read the Hub. Indeed secrets are dangerous and children can say NO to adults who are asking them to do something that feels bad. I believe teaching them secrets are wrong protects them. Thank you for your caring and support on this incredibly important matter.

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Hyphenbird, I love the way you suggested teaching yodr children that no one is supposed to manipulate them in any way by telling then that secrets are dangerous. Those who abuse children in that manner always tell them that "it's a secret between us, pinky swear." Being young, they've to be taught these things....and thanks for pointing this out in a well-written hub!! Votes up, across and shared.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

healthylife2, I sure hope so. Too many pedophiles and abusers are lurking around our precious children. We must take a stand and force them out of our community. But then they are in someone else's community. It is so sad. My heart aches for the innocents that suffer so much. Thank you for caring so much.

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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

What a great article on an important topic. Although the topic is discussed in school I always talked to my children at home. Good point that there should be glass windows in all schools. Fortunately, there are at my kids' school. This article will help people minimize the risk.

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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

You are so very welcome Brenda my dear friend.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Dear sweet Eddy. I am so very sorry one of these awful people touched your life. You certainly have overcome and have a precious spirit about you. I do hope this information and Hub will alert others to the menace of child abuse. It is so prevalent. Bless you precious lady.

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eddy4me 4 years ago from Wales.

Hi Brenda what a brilliantly created read;I know from first hand experience how damaging these vile people are to the victims who no matter how well they are coping they are left with a life sentence. I agree with all your points her and parents should be very aware of the dangers.

Thank you so much for writing and sharing this very much needed hub.

Take care and have a wonderful day.

Here's to so many more to share on here.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Tamarajo, it is indeed appalling and every heart should break. Mine does still. More resources are available to parents and child care workers as well as educators. We often fail to take advantage of them until tragedy strikes. Thank you for reading and commenting on this Hub. It reminds me I need to post an update.

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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

It is an incredibly appalling crime and so sad we live in a culture of such perversity that we are producing hearts that are willing to cross those kind of lines. My heart too aches for those who have had to bear that kind of shame that comes with these kinds of crimes. It seems like it is getting increasingly difficult to trust anyone anymore.

Glad to see the proactiveness in the culture as well that there are organizations that are helping children to recognize trouble should it come and for adults to be aware of what they are looking for. Just so incredibly sad that we should have to be so vigilant and untrusting.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

thelyricwriter, this was very painful. I cried the entire time I was writing it. I know you meant it was NOT easy. Child abuse in all forms should not be happening. Sentencing for these crimes is still too lenient. They should never get out of prison to do this again. Almost every pedophile who kills a child is a repeat offender. These people do not change, they just get sneakier at hiding.

Even when we have a close and strong bond with our kids, they can be manipulated into keeping these secrets. Pedophiles often spend months or even years grooming the children and know what to say to twist their mind. It is all so sickening and tragic. Thank you for coming by to read this awful story. I pray it saves even one child from being hurt.

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

I know this was easy for you to write Hyp. This is a very scary situation I am sure of. You did a great job writing it though. I commend your courage and understanding. It happens way too much anymore. One child is way too much. It is sad that people actually think about this. Sorry, they should be took out back and given the beating of their lifetime. Then, put in jail for the rest of their life. Sick, sick people. My wife was touched when she was little. She never said anything cause she was afraid that they wouldn't believe her. 20 years later, we found him and I beat him bad. Its just wrong. It makes me angry and it is a sensitive subject for my wife and I do to her story. Jail in life is what I say. So sorry to hear about this. Lynn is right, have to have that bond with your children. Just cause they don't speak up doesn't mean all is well. Children keep secrets like this very well.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Becky, I certainly can not blame the father. Evvery parent would have the same reaction.

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I just found this in the news about a man who caught another molesting his 4 year old daughter. I believe justice was done on this one.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

You are right Lynn. Little children are afraid of getting in trouble or disappointing their parents and this allows opportunity for hiding things. Monsters like the one described here take advantage of that. It is so sad and awful. Everyone is just devastated.

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Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

How sad and scary that this has happened in your small community and that it had been going on for years. Hugs and prayers to all. Parents also need to have a relationship with their children that allow them the freedom to talk openly. However there is a fine balance that will not make the children afraid or kill their innocence.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello Lily. Laid off from being laid off. I actually understand that. You just rest and enjoy the lovely Alaskan summer. I know you and Athena will spend lots of time outdoors just watching and loving nature.

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lilyfly 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

Yes, Hy, that wretched Guy that ran the Second Mile, oh, how I hope he never sees the light of day... well, I'm laid off from being laid off, which means I'll have time to read my precious Hy. Great Job! Love yaz, lily

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello cygnetbrown. Yes we must teach our children to not be alone with an adult or even older children. Awareness is crucial. Thank you for stopping by.

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cygnetbrown 4 years ago from Alton, Missouri

Sign, unfortunately, this subject is always timely. Even with the best laid safety nets, our children can still be exploited. Educating our children and encouraging them not to hide anything from you as a parent is probably the best protection we can give them. Keep them innocent but not leaving them naive.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you Ginger Ruffles. Every resource is a blessing.

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Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

Hyphenbird, you might want to check out as a resource as well. Those folks fight for children by getting laws changed that will actually help instead of just give lip service to the problem and they are relentless and awesome warriors all!

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you teaches12345. It is y sad indeed. The children hurt by this monster will never be the same. The ones who had to be asked certain questions years before time for them to know of such things have lost part of their innocence. It seems these predators never go away and they change our world. Thank you for sharing this. Perhaps the information will help someone somewhere.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

We live in a different world today. A world that is filled with people who do not respect life. A world where one thinks of his own desires over others. A world where our children now need to know things that we never mentioned ten years ago. I am so broken over the news of yet another adult who taken advantage of innocent children. You have mentioned some key subjects for parents to discuss with children in preventing their abuse. I hope that many find this and learn how to keep their children alert and informed about abuse. Shared and voted up.

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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

femmeflashpoint, snakeslane, mckbirdbks, Frank Atanacio, PegCole17. I thank you all and want you all to know I appreciate your support. Please pass this information on to many people. Every child hurt is one too many.

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This well-written and compelling article is a call out to every parent whose children are in the public schools, attending private music lessons or going other places where this could happen. Your campaign to institute better visual protection for those in danger is inspiring.

"...force the county School Board to change out these doors for ones that have a large glass window. The window must never be covered or in any way manipulated to conceal what is happening within. A passerby should be able to see every area of the room within."

My heart goes out to your community. I'm so grateful that your child was not a victim, Hyphen. I'll be praying for healing of those who were. Thank you for making us aware of this danger that disguises itself as someone a child can and does trust.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

thank god.. you know this is a wake-up call for many even the new young mothers and father s should and would benefit from this hub.. lessons yep so important and I'd hate to be the one who learns the hard way.. good share Hyphen..:)

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Dear Ms Bird, An excellent reminder that abuse goes on undetected, and those most vulnerable need protection. I am so so sorry your community is now faced with the painful task of dealing with the aftermath. This will take a long time and a lot of work. My thoughts are with you, and the children who were victimized.

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Brenda, I am very happy that your family was spared. I know you are angry to your core. Your skill as a parent added to your sons safety. Preditors are everywhere. I explain that over an over to my children and they are all adults now.

That they have hanked this monster off the streets is such a positve event.

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femmeflashpoint 4 years ago


This is another one I'm sorry that we should have to read, and that you should have to write, but I'm very glad you wrote it anyway.

It's been noted and shared.

I'm so sorry for the families having to endure this atrocity. The suggestions and contact information you've listed will be very helpful.

Being informed is being armed. No child should ever have to experience this.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you everyone. I would love to give you all a big hug. Our children are so valuable and vulnerable. These horrors must stop. As we all grieve we must do something to help by getting involved. My community is so sweet and now so stunned.

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Brenda,

This article is a comprehensive and thoughtful piece to raise our awareness and sensitivity that these acts are possible in any community. No one is exempt from these evils.

My heart and prayers are with your community as you all deal with this aftermath. The effects, as discussed, are widespread and long lasting.

As I always remember with the clients I have cared for through the years, may I urge everyone to "look, listen and believe your children". It must be even more of a tragedy for such actions to occur and for the victims to be dismissed, not believed because the abuser has the community so fooled "on the outside".

Thank goodness this man was apprehended in your community before any further horrors could occur.

Love and peace to you all, Maria

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I too, shall pray for all who were affected by the vile acts of this once trusted teacher. Things such as this traumatize a whole community and can take a long time for healing to occur.

Here in Southern Delaware a trusted pediatrician was convicted a few years ago of sexually abusing many of his patients. Ironically, most of the parents were actually in the exam rooms with their children but the doctor took the kids into a "private room" after the medical exams were over to ostensibly give them toys. It was there that he abused and videotaped his very young victims.

In the wake of this dreadful crime, the State of Delaware has given extensive training to all doctors, nurses, law enforcement agencies, social services and medical personnel and also to the general public.

Thank you for writing this heartbreaking hub in the hope that it may help prevent this kind of abuse.

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. One of the unfortunates of working with young adults.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

It is such a shame that we have to worry about such things from people who are supossed to be caring for your children. I am so glad your son was not one of his victims, thank God. I feel for the children and the parents of the children that were victims. This must be such a difficult to deal with for both. Very good information and advice here. We all need to realize that these types of things can happen where we live. Voted up and useful!

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

So its a done deal with this sick freak, huh Hyph. What smooth evil operator he was. Thank God your son was spared his monstrous attentions and feel terrible about those that didn't escape he's clutches. Great with the internet plan and lets hope your Safety rules to follow will be seen by a great many and acted upon. As the wisdom in a drop in the bucket makes clear, ultimately it is up to the parents or guardians- bless you and your son Hyph.

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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Hyphen it is sad that this hub needed to be written. We place the care of our children into hands we trust only to find that a monster lurks. This is a devastating time for your whole community and my thoughts and prayers are with them.

Good for you to push for the windowed doors. This article will be read by many and help in making parents aware of what they can do to keep their child safe and the resourses available.

I am sharing this

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I would wish that this had not happened but that is useless and unproductive. This article was both useful and productive. Keep passing out the information and hopefully we will see a decrease of these horrific occurances. Glad your little man made it through without being molested and so upset, like you, that all children were not protected from this. Praying for them all, victims and not.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I am so sorry this happened in your community, thankful that your child was not harmed. The memory of sexual abuse is something that lasts a lifetime. I know the children will get the needed counselling. It is a known fact that pedophiles seek employment around children. We have a case not far from here that involves a female teacher sexually abusing boys and girls..How sick that is.. Blessing to you and your community..Hugs..

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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

Brenda, I'm so glad your son was spared and so sorry that others were not as fortunate. I will keep these children in my prayers.

And good for you for pushing to make the school safer. Strength to your arm! This hub is a great community service as well -- who knows, if your readers heed your advice it may spare another child abuse.

Awesome, up and sharing!

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Hyphen: I almost do not know where to begin. First, I'm so saddened that this article was necessary for you to write although it is excellently written. You give great information and solutions and advice . Second, my heart is breaking for those children. I am stunned! When I read stories in the paper or hear this onthe news, it is usually somewhere far away. To actually know of someone 's school experiencing this is horrific. I feel for your community. Third, I am so heartened to hear you are taking action to have windows on your classroom doors . All schools should have open door policies for their classrooms. I wish your community the best in handling this and especially for those children affected. I am so thankful thankful to hear your son was not involved with this monster. We must always be vigilent against pedophiles. I wish you much success in your endeavors!

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