Sexual Abuse In The Black Community: Yes, It’s Happening

by / December 4, 2011 Opinion 9 Comments

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When I was in elementary school, there was someone within the administration that randomly asked me to sit on his lap one day.  It was an awkward moment, an uncomfortable moment and one that later defined how I raise my own son.  Luckily, I was taught to recognize the signs of a pedophile, but I still didn’t talk to my parents about what that administrator had asked me to do until I was much older; I often wonder if he was successful in getting other kids to fulfill his perverted desires.  It’s because of this very experience that I’ve worked hard to maintain an open-door policy with my child.  But how many of us communicate regularly with our children, our nieces, our nephews and grandkids? How many of us can openly discuss what is appropriate and what is not?   And I don’t mean just telling our youth ‘you better not let anyone touch you’.  There is a massive difference between saying those words and teaching them about their bodies and the actual signs of a pedophile.  In the wake of the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, perhaps we all need to truly start teaching and listening to our young ones.  We must throw our old school attitudes to the wind.

via Sexual Abuse In The Black Community: Yes, It’s Happening | News One.


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  1. i agree i have nieces and nephews and it scares me all the time that something like this could happen to one of my loved one and if i can prevent it i will. we as a whole need to start teaching are kids about their bodys and how to talk to someone if soemthing was to happen. this is a big issue and something needs to be done.

  2. This is truely sad..i remember in high school my principal made moves on me and it got really uncomfortable for me to even see him it got so bad. So i dropped out of school for that year and didn’t tell my parents but begged to be put into another school. It ruined my high school years.

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