Mum's boyfriend - the worst sexual risk to children

Great article that succinctly puts a point of view based on research.

The most likely perpetrator of sexual abuse on children lurks not in public institutions, but in the family home.

... children whose single parent had a partner in the home were 20 times more likely to be sexually abused than those in a two-biological-parent family.

This statistic should not be used as a club to bash non-traditional families but it is something that needs to be discussed. Single mothers should be acutely aware of the issue and constantly on their guard. They should educate their children in body safety as a matter of the highest priority.

Perhaps the saddest aspect of this risky state of affairs concerns the biological father - the divorced dad who fears his child might be at risk from new men in his former partner's life.

I've heard so often from men in this situation who desperately report their concerns to the government departments supposedly protecting children, only to be dismissed as jealous nutcases.

And yet fathers still are regularly accused of child sexual abuse in Family Court battles, while dangerous strangers are allowed unlimited, unmonitored access to their children.

Sammut calls for a public education campaign to end the silence on this issue. Let's bring it on.

Indeed.  Bring it on.