I enjoyed going to another new blog (to me) Mr. Shag I believe his name is. There he wrote a long and well written piece on childhood predators. I suppose more children have those un-nerving and sometimes fatal encounters. We children were always taught to obey adults and we were loathe not to, regardless of our own instincts and fears. I imagine each of us might have a story to tell in that regard.
As a mother to three sons I did all I knew how to do to make them aware and to always tell me whatever troubled them. They had the confidence in me to take care of any situation that needed taking care of as they grew older..partly because of my career and perhaps partly because I knew who to call for additional help if needed. It's hard, it was for me because I cherished them so much, to keep the cotton batting off of them and let them experience life- but you must let them slip out of your parental iron grip as they learn, if they are to grow. But caution is needed and two listening ears and two seeing eyes from the parent(s) are mandatory. Never ever ever cast them out into the largely uncaring world to "experience life" when it can be so seamy. Arm them up first with all they need to know and be a beacon they can turn to.
Hm..serious topics for a Saturday, I have to say.