Karate School Child Abuser Proves No One Is Safe

With only a 4.5-year-old and 3-year-old, I have pretty much had the luxury of always being able to keep my children close to me and being very, very selective about who they stay alone with. All of their classes have been supervised, their classroom teachers heavily vetted, and their activities chaperoned by either me or my husband.

Of course, I know it won't always be like that. There will come a time in the not-too-distant future where I will drop my child off at people's houses where I don't know the parents all that well, or they will stay at activities longer than they do now and I won't be with them the whole time. 

This terrifies me and it especially terrifies me when I go to enroll my children in karate school, and the next day, the teacher is arrested for molesting a little girl there. It's too close to home and it's sobering.

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When you read stories like this, they always happen to "other people." It's easy to remove oneself from the situation because "I would never send my child to daycare there" or "my child takes dance from a much better school." But then it happens in the place that was highly recommended, a place where you know people, and a place where you talked to the owner just the day before.

And then you know it could happen to you. It's scary, it's sobering, and it's true. You can't trust anyone.

We really have no choice, though. We can't keep our kids hidden in a box their whole lives. So we let them do things and we hope they are safe and we enroll them in classes like karate exactly for that purpose.

It's heartbreaking and so, so scary. How can we ever really keep our children safe if everywhere we go, there could be a pedophile? And yet, I can't stand the thought of living my life with that kind of fear. It doesn't leave many options.

How do you keep your kids safe?


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