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Oprah Helps Parents Keep Their Kids Safe From Predators

In yesterday's chilling episode of Oprah, the talk show host sat down with four child molesters and their therapist. After citing a startling statistic — that 90 percent of child molesters know their victims — Oprah (herself a victim of abuse) asked the men the advice they would give parents to protect their children. Here is what they said:

  • Be alert when an adult spends more time focused on the children at a party than socializing with other adults. You don't have to mistrust people, but open your eyes and watch what is happening.
  • Be alert when an adult is touching your child unnecessarily — asking the kid to sit on the adult's lap, cuddling, or partaking in back rubs and and foot massages.
  • Open the lines of communication with your child so they don't seek out other relationships for validation.
  • Pay attention to your children and believe them when they tell you something is happening. Kids don't lie about this stuff.
  • Listen to your instincts when something seems odd.
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skigurl skigurl 7 years
this is really interesting. i can imagine this show would be a bit creepy to watch, but i like Oprah's idea very much.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
It can't be easy for her, but I like and appreciate Oprah's honesty about her past. If it saves one child from abuse, then the whole show is worth it.
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