Mama June Child Molestation Scandal Is Every Mom's Fear ​

Mama JuneWell, it's come to this. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is being cancelled because family matriarch June Shannon is reportedly dating a sex offender who spent 10 years in prison for child molestation. Whether Mama June is really hooking up with a pedophile or not is still up for debate -- she's vehemently denying it -- but the case has every mom in America re-thinking who it is she lets into her life and the lives of her children.

Can you blame us?

Fact: most Americans are not pedophiles. Heck, we all probably have as much chance of running into a child molester as we do of getting a starring role on a TLC reality show. But 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault, and 60 percent or more of those kids were abused by someone they knew.

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It's one of the myriad things that makes being a parent -- whether you're a single mom like June Shannon or just a mom trying to make a few new friends -- so hard. We know in our minds that most people are not going to be a threat to our kids, but we also have that niggling feeling way in the back of our minds that's screaming, "But that 1 percent is still a risk!"

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And who wants to take the risk?

Sure, free-range parents like Lenore Skenazy of "I let my 9-year-old ride the subway" fame may poke fun at us, but all it takes is one story like this in the news to make you run back into your house and slam the door screaming, I'm good, thanks!

Because no one wants to be the mom who invited a pedophile into the house.

Of course, the onus seems to weigh most heavily on single moms like June Shannon, who was recently divorced and is back out on the dating scene. Her alleged relationship with Mark McDaniel, a man who spent time in prison for oral sex on an 8-year-old, is every single mother's nightmare. Who are the new men you're meeting and what is it they want with a single mother?

But let's be clear: what makes the Honey Boo Boo scandal get us so riled up isn't that this one woman may (or may not!) have invited a pedophile into her home. It's the fear that something similar could happen to any one of us.

It probably won't, but it can and it does happen to anyone, from any walk of life.

So what are we all to do? Keep our eyes open. Trust our instincts. And hope against hope that it's not someone we know.

What have you made of the whole Mama June scandal? Do you have the fear that someone you know could hurt your kid?

 

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