– 1 of 5 girls and 1 of 6 boys will be molested before their 18th birthday.
– 90% of all sexual assaults against children are committed by someone whom the victim knew.
– The typical sexual predator will assault 117 times before being caught.
– The re-arrest rate for convicted child molesters is 52%.
These are the statistics as listed on Family Watch Dog, a national sex offender registry.
A friend of mine recently sent me a link to the website, and I found it so helpful I had to pass it on to you. This is a free service, and you can sign up to have email sent to you the moment a sex offender has registered in your area. Or if you like, do a search on your address to locate any registered sex offenders in your neighborhood. The site will not only give you the addresses and offenses, but many times a picture is included. I checked my address and found three offenders, all 1/2 mile from my house, who have offenses against children on their record. I urge everyone to take a moment to check their own neighborhoods, the areas around their schools, or anywhere your children routinely play. My neighborhood is nothing out of the ordinary, so don’t let yourself feel too comfortable if you feel safe where you live. Take a moment, check, and keep updated. Share the information and photos with your children. It’s simple steps like this that could keep them safe in the future!