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JWRC Specialist Talks Child Safety

JWRC Specialist Talks Child Safety Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

Apr 7, 2017 at 5:33 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A specialist from the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center shared her knowledge on Thursday with local parents and kids, on how to keep children safe from abductions and other abuse.

Program Manager with the JWRC Alison Feigh has one easily detectable warning sign for parents.

"Sadly one of the big warning signs is pay attention to people who like your kids more than you do," Feigh said.

Feigh says a lot of parents only think about keeping their kids safe from kidnappers, when sexual assault of children happens far more frequently than the 115 child kidnappings a year nationwide.

"Our rates of child sex abuse are one in three to one in four girls, and one in six to one in eight boys."

Also very important in keeping your kids safe, is to let them know it's okay for them to let you know if someone is overstepping a child's boundaries.

"Letting them know even if someone you know and like is breaking these rules, because it's usually someone the family knows and likes, I still want you to tell me, you still won't be in trouble."

She told those in attendance at North Junior High that it's the kids job to be a kid and an adults job to handle the problem before any abuse or abduction takes place.

The event was hosted by the St. Cloud Area School District 742.

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