Tom Brown, a famous tracker in forest and mountain environments, assists law enforcement in the most difficult cases. Brown actually tracks across rock. In a clearing he will see evidence of over 20 animals, whereas the average person may see evidence of only a few. Why? Training. For example, broken branches in a particular pattern indicate that a wild pig recently went crashing through the bush.
If we don’t know The Eight Red Flags™ to spot a child predator, then we are living with dangerous “blind spots". I’m talking about the kind of blindness that causes us to let predators near our children or causes our children to go willingly with a predator. If we don't know how to spot predators and we don’t teach our children how to spot predators, tragic evidence shows that they will be like lambs led to slaughter.
We live in a hyper-dynamic world where our senses are bombarded with information. Our brain has to choose what to filter out and what to keep. What is worth noticing and remembering.
Take the power away from predators by passing on:
The Eight Red Flags For Identifying Child Predators™
How does this apply to predators? Those who mean us harm learn to move in our “areas of blindness”. They give us the signals that lull us into a state of comfort: A friendly smile, an appearance we deem safe, a discussion we agree on, a friend or group we have in common. Soon, we surrender our blind spots to them. Within those blind spots our children are in danger.
Harvard University published a very eye-opening research study. When we are very focused or engaged, we can actually miss a man dressed in a gorilla costume walking right by us. To understand more about how we can miss such critical signals read the Harvard research: Gorillas in Our Midst: Sustained Inattentional Blindness for Dynamic Events.
Let’s take a look at the research to see how many “gorillas" may still be in our midst and how much “blind spots” have allowed abuse to go unnoticed in our society.
Approximately one-third of our population has experienced abuse as a result of “social blindness”. Translated this means that the entire population of three states, Texas, California and Ohio (One-third the population of the US.) have been sexually assaulted or killed because a predator moved in “blind spots”.
Take a look at this research to see what removing the “blind spots” by teaching adults and children The 8 Red Flags™ can make.
In Dr. Gene Abel’s Classic Study on Undetected Offenses, his first goal was to have convicted offenders tell the truth. He accomplished this by:
- Guaranteeing confidentiality.
- Not giving the interviewers the subjects’ names.
- Obtaining a federal certificate of confidentiality that blocked the results from being subpoenaed into federal court in this country.
- The master list was kept outside the country
The Results Stunned the Professional Community
- 232 child molesters admitted attempting more than 55 thousand incidents of molestation.
- They claimed success in 38 thousand incidents and reported they had more than 17 thousand victims.
This translates to:
- Men who molested out-of-home female children averaged 20 victims.
- There were fewer men who molested out-of-home male children but they were more active, averaging 150 victims each.
Despite the astounding figures, most of these offenses had never been detected. Dr. Abel computed the chances of being caught for a sexual offense at 3%.
More recent research confirms what earlier researchers found. In a classic study of adult women in the general population, Dr. Diana Russell found – and later research by Dr. Gil Wyatt substantiated, “victims confirm what offenders say”. In other words:
These Men weren’t lying!
- 28% of Russell’s sample of women had been molested as children under the age of fourteen.
- 38% if the fourteen-through seventeen-year-olds are included.
(These were physical contact offenses only and excluded nonviolent sexual contact between peers.)
Only 5% of the child sexual abuse revealed to these researchers had ever been reported to the authorities. - Predators - Chapter 1 - Anna C. Salter, PH.D.
What about young boys?
- Male-oriented pedophiles are highly active but there are fewer of them.
- Between 9% and 16% of boys in the US are likely to be molested before they reach adulthood. - Predators - Chapter 1 - Anna C. Salter, PH.D.
Another validation of how blind we have been is shown in this required rehab program for convicted predators to be paroled. Let’s look at what they were promising was the truth verses a polygraph:
- 23 incarcerated offenders participated in psychologist Dr. Pamela Van Wyk treatment program.
- Offenders admitted an average of 3 victims each.
- Faced with a polygraph and the necessity of passing it to stay in the treatment program, they revealed an average of 175 victims each.
Let’s sum this up:
- Dr. Abel computed the chances of child predators being caught for a sexual offense at 3%.
- Dr. Diana Russell found only 5% of the child sexual abuse revealed by victims had ever been reported to the authorities.
- Dateline “To Catch A Predator” found that of the men who came to an under-age child’s home for sex only 10% were in the legal system. The rest had gone undetected.
- If there are 4 million child molesters in the United States as is estimated by the U.S. Department of Justice then that means we are only aware of 400,000. (The National Registry has about 400,000 registered sex offenders with victims of all ages.)
All this research and the new Sex Offender Registration validates that for social change, for social health, we must remove the blind spots. We must learn to “track across rock” and we must pass this skill on to our children.
April is child abuse prevention month.
I have attached a gift: Yello Dyno’s Eight Red Flags for Recognizing a Child Predator™.
We hear over and over again that there is no way to recognize a predator. This is wrong!
We know their behavior and this makes them visible.
The Eight Red Flags™ have revealed many a predator. Learn, teach, use The Eight Red Flags™ to see and stop a child from being harmed by a predator.
Want to learn more? We’re here to help. We offer workshops for communities, parents, educators, law enforcement, government agencies, churches, non-profits and children. Here is the link to learn more about our workshops for adults: http://www.yellodyno.com/Training_Convention_Conference.html
Yours for child safety,
Yello Dyno Founder
Pass The Eight Red Flags™ on now. With understanding will come social change.
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