There has been a disturbing trend in crimes against chidren in the last few months here in the Greater Indianapolis Area. Children are being prayed upon by sexual preditors and it appears that our children may not know what to do if they are approached.
In February we heard reports such as this one from WISH TV 8,
Attempted abductions put cops on alert
In this report the children were able to avoid serious harm. It may be that they instinctively knew what to do and how to handle the situation. It may also be true that they simply “got lucky”, their actions saving them from a far worse outcome. The story of these children made the news, there were certainly others that did not. Yesterday we again hear of a child being targeted for abduction from INDYSTAR.COM,
Girl, 8, sexually assaulted, photographed on Southside
Unfortunately, this report does not have the same happy ending. This girl was abducted. This child was subjected to acts that are likely to scar her for life. Based on the report, it appears that this young girl did not know what to do if someone approached her or tried to abduct her. According to the report, there was another girl present that did know what to do,
Another girl saw the man and went inside her home just before the girl was abducted, Thompson said.
– Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star
The question is, did this second girl leave the area because of education and training or simply because her instincts happened to be correct?
When stories like these get published there is always a public outcry. People post all manner of reponses to the stories, most focusing on what they would like to do, or see done, to the preditors. Instead of focusing on the preditors, who will always be out there, we should focus on what we can do to prepare and protect our children.
The number one thing we, as parents and responsible adults, can do to help our children is educate them. Teach them how to think and behave to stay safe. Educate them on how these preditors think and work, what they do and why. Train them to respond correctly physically, mentally, and emotionally to dangerous situations.
These objectives are not simple, but the results are well worth the investment of time, money, and effort. Please make sure your children are “armed” with the knowledge and training they need to stay safe. Get them involved in martial arts and on-going self defense training. What we need to teach our children cannot be taught in a single afternoon or by simple lecture. Lobby your local school systems to use “gym class” time for something more beneficial than Dogdeball and Kickball, ask them to include basic self defense training as part of the physical education they provide. Help the schools understand that what you want for child is safety training from qualified, experienced self defense instructors.
Take steps now to educate and protect your children. Make sure that when we read about child predation and abductions all of the stories are about “attempted” acts because our children know what to do and how to protect themselves from the preditors.
For more information on child self defense training contact your local ATA Martial Arts School!
Southside – Pilsung ATA Martial Arts
Northwest Indy – ATA Family Martial Arts
Northeast Indy – Indianapolis ATA Black Belt Academy