Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:37 PM by Lauri
Updated: Sep 7, 2012 12:24 AM
Tonight I received a horrible phone call from my brother. My niece and 3 of her classmates were outside during gym class at Widefield Elementary School, when a couple of Widefield High School boys came over from the soccer field, exposed themselves to the girls and told them to "suck them." I cannot even tell you the emotions I felt as my brother described what happened to my sweet, innocent 10-YEAR-OLD niece! Anger, frustration, shock just to name a few!
The next thing that happened made me more proud of my niece than I ever have been...she RAN. She ran directly to her gym teacher and pointed the boys out who did this! The police were called. I am proud of her and her friends for not talking to the boys or giving them the satisfaction of saying anything. I'm proud of her for not hesitating in telling the nearest adult and pointing the boys out immediately. I'm proud of her for knowing that what happened was wrong. I'm proud of her for talking to an adult, even though the other high school boys were calling the girls "snitches" and "taddle tails."
I am beyond angry that a couple of punk high school boys thought it was ok or funny to do this. I'm not sure if they understand the repercussion of their actions, which could go as far as jail time or being listed on the sex offender list for the rest of their lives. I wonder if anyone ever talked to them about it, but it's too late now. I'm sure they thought what they did was funny, but my niece and her friends were terrified. They are 10-years-old for goodness sake!
I am not so naive to think that my niece and her friends don't know about male and female genitalia, or that they don't know about sex, but these girls were victimized today and their innocence stripped by a couple of high school kids wanting blow jobs.
My family is trying to figure out what to do and how to proceed, but the parents, the high school, and the police were notified immediately.
Please make sure to talk to your children (of all ages) about how to react if they are approached by a flasher, exhibitionist, or attacker of any kind. Here are some tips from the Colorado Springs Police Department:
Teen safety expert, Dallas Jessup, says, "You should...treat it as a likely assault situation and get yourself out of there rather than waiting to see if something escalates. Women typically wait too long to take action, like running; we teach them it's much better to play it safe."
Children need to practice:
What would you do if this happened to your child? Have you talked to your kids about "Stranger Danger"?