Manipulating Monsters Living & Working Among Us…You Can’t Tell By Looking.
CNN anchor Don Lemon admitted over the weekend that he was a victim of a pedophile as a child. It happens more often than we wish to know. As Wendy Joy Hart points out, not to be willing to know the enormity of the violence, and the unconscionable mercenary part – the money – surrounding child pornography and the trafficking in child prostitution is intolerable.
Not until Wendy Joy Hart removed herself from the egregious and heinous acts committed upon her, did Wendy realize it was wrong. It is common for the victim not to realize how terribly wrong what is happening to them when that is all they have known since birth. I will let Wendy tell you her story. You need to hear it from Wendy without any sensationalizing.
What the readers need to be mindful about is, “You Can’t Tell By Looking”. That is only one of the messages Wendy Joy Hart wanted our listeners on CHWR to remember. An earlier phrase, “Stranger Danger” is ineffective and misleading thought Wendy, as well as a previous guest, Nancy McBride, National Safety Director, of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) who wishes the phrase “stranger danger” be eradicated from the English dictionary.
Unfortunately, the truth is they are not strangers, children and young adults personally know his or her molester and not some seedy stereotyped and/or conman portrayed by “stranger danger”.
Wendy Joy Hart has a very intimate perspective of what will empower children using a unique set of tools to help kids recognize and act accordingly when faced with a potentially dangerous situation. Wendy provides a set of tools that encourages children to embrace and develop his or her intuitive gut feelings. Often, these skills are ignored and overlooked throughout a child’s development.
We all have had some experience of an intuitive or gut feeling warning us about our surroundings or an individual. Have you ever walked into a room and you can cut the air with a knife due to an incident prior to your arrival? Maybe, walking into a room after your parents have argued, and you ask, “Were you fighting?” “No, everything is okay”, might be the answer. According to Wendy, that lie, although considered a “white lie” begins the dismissal of a valuable tool we inherently posses, an inner awareness. We need to encourage the development of a keen inner sense of awareness, not detract from its potential benefits. Interpreting and trusting your gut feelings, maybe one of the best defenses a child possesses early in his or her life.
One thing a parent can be assured is if the predator suspects his or her child might be confrontational and/or ready to act out when in-harms-way, the predators threat of exposure increases, providing an additional level of security and safety for the innocent. Preventing one “grooming” process from beginning keeps a child safe and secure…Today.
No truer words come to mind than, “The children are our future.” There are children right now living the insanity that Wendy endured, and it was not until she left home at twenty-one, did she truly understand how terribly wrong things were growing up.
Imagine wondering, how a mother could inflict such heinous and egregious acts on her own daughter, if it was not her fault. It has to be my fault, Wendy believed.
Your CyberHood Watch Partner,
david c ballard
Radio Security Journalist
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