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11 September 2011: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

One of the key findings of the FBI concerning the abuse of children and adolescents in families and beyond is about the personality make-up of the child.

Abusers of young persons avoid the kind of child many would regard as a bit of a brat; loud-mouthed and opinionated, because these children are not easy to manipulate into silence... at any time.

So raising children to speak out confidently and to present as confident will help deter predators.  Keeping communication open between parents and child, where no subject matter is seen as taboo, will work against any child being manipulated into secrecy.

Also, giving children a plan to activate as soon as they feel intimidated or uncomfortable around an adult will move them away from the very first approach of a predator. 

(From the FBI's guidelines and adapted from CathNews comment: cited by Marie H on 17 June 2009)

Lord,
You asked that the little children
be allowed to come to you;
for it is such as these that
the kingdom of God belongs.

You entrust them to the care and protection
of our community of faith.

Guide us as we strive to ensure
that our Catholic communities
provide a safe environment for each child.

We pray especially for all those
who have been harmed in their childhood.
Give them courage in facing the past
and lead them to your healing presence.

Amen