How to keep your children safe from sex predators

How to keep your children safe from sex predators

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Sexual assault cases involving children have seen a spike this past week in Texoma.
Denise Roberts, Executive Director of Patsy's House, says the child advocacy center has taken note of the rise as well.
    "We have been very busy the last few weeks," Roberts said. "We have seen a little bit of an upswing. There are times we are busier than others, and it definitely has been a busier time the last four to six weeks."
Krystal Elmore, Program Director of Warrior's Way Martial Arts, says yelling and telling should be the response if you or your child are approached by a potential predator.
Elmore also says that you can teach your kid how to physically try and fight off a sexual predator.
However, she says it is a better idea to communicate and try to decrease the likelihood of finding yourself or your kid in that situation.
    "You want to talk about it ahead of time so that they have a plan," Elmore said. "That way they know what to do, say, where to go and who to talk to."
Elmore says that predators try to isolate kids, and it is important to have a buddy.
    "The number one thing that a predator does is try to achieve isolation," Elmore said. "So if you are alone, that makes it easier for them to do their job. Be sure to have a buddy."
She continued on to say that it is important to make sure your kids have a plan if someone they trust makes them uncomfortable.
Roberts agrees and says most cases involve someone the child trusts.
    "90 to 95 percent of the time, abuse happens by someone they know, love or trust," Roberts said. "Keeping those lines of communication open with your children is important and making sure they understand there are places on their body that are not okay for other people to look at or touch. It is important for them to know someone they can trust and tell."
Elmore says that it is important for kids to have confidence. 
To do that, parents should give their children the knowledge and skills needed because if you are prepared for something, you are more confident.
If your child has recently been a victim of sexual assault, you can report it to Patsy's House or the Wichita Falls Police Department.

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