I love it when myths meet facts. Some myths strengthen our society providing the shared understandings that bind us. Others are poisons that make us sick and weak. These eight common myths facilitate child sexual abuse and therefore do massive damage to the quality of our lives.
The myth that I think does the most damage and is central to the problem is that people feel they would recognise a molester and consequently a molester is not present in their circle and their child is consequently safe and therefore no 'unpleasant' discussions are necessary. This quote should make people rethink that one but I fear not.
I want to describe a child molester I know very well. This man was raised by devout Christian parents. As a child he rarely missed church. Even after he became an adult he was faithful as a church member. He was a straight A student in high school and college. He has been married and has a child of his own. He coached Little League baseball. He was a Choir Director at his church. He never used any illegal drugs. He never had a drink of alcohol. He was considered a clean-cut, All-American boy. Everyone seemed to like him. He was a volunteer in numerous civic community functions. He had a well-paying career job. He was considered "well-to-do" in society. But from the age of 13-years-old he sexually molested little boys. He never victimized a stranger. All of his victims were friends. . . I know this child molester very well because he is me!!!!
Read the facts. Internalise the facts. Share the facts.