As much as parents are COMPLETELY ecstatic of children returning to school, safety is a primary concern. Recently in Vinings, Georgia, a smart middle school girl thwarted an attempted abduction. The story reported by @11alive as follows:
11 Alive (http://www.11alive.com) reported “A Campbell Middle School girl was walking home Tuesday afternoon when she said a black SUV approached her. The white male driver allegedly tried to lure her into his vehicle.
“She became suspicious when he wasn’t able to answer her questions. Instead, she ran to a nearby home for help.”
Her quick, intuitive thinking helped her return home safely. In this case, her life was at stake!
Did you know:
In December 2013, the FBI expressed they had more than 7,000 pending investigations involving child exploitation, including sex trafficking of minors and child pornography.
According to FBI statistics, Atlanta ranks among the top 14 cities in the United States for domestic minor sex trafficking. And some 300 girls across Atlanta are lured into trafficking every month.
Facts show this was a possibility of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST), especially here in the Atlanta area. I’ve had training from StreetGrace (www.streetgrace.org) whom I HIGHLY recommend for their diverse knowledge on the topic.
View the USDOJ’s Infographic on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the U.S.
Learn more about Divas In Defense programs here. In addition, read about our On Her Own: Teen Self-Defense Workshop which covers preventive and informative material on bullying, social media net-iquette, cyber safety, identity theft, domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), dating violence, sexual assault and harassment.
Here are a few tips to share with your children to be safe:
- Bus riders are the safest children.
- Develop a “safe” word for your children, as well as a “not safe” word.
- Establish a “check-in” system for latch-key children.
- Encourage your children to travel in groups.
- Teach your children the importance of not texting while walking.
- Practice awareness techniques with your children daily.
- Register your children for self-defense classes.
Here is the National Human Trafficking Hotline Number: (888) 373-7888.