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Sexual Assault Center Warns Parents to Be More Aware of Who Their Kids are With

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Tuesday, 8-21-07, 12:27 pm

Kennewick -- The arrest last week of a Dayton man charged with 57 sex- related counts involving children has raised the question: What should parents be doing better to keep their kids safe?

The advice from the experts at the Sexual Assault Response Center in Kennewick is to question motives;. and make yourself aware of who is spending time with your children.  JoDee Garretson with SARC said Tuesday that often adults who seek out the companionship of kids on a regular basis are not healthy.  She says while adults can love and adore kids, a grown up seeking regular companionship with children is atypical. 

Garretson said no matter how busy parents are, they need to be aware of what their children are doing, teach them about sexual matters, and make sure they set aside quality time with their children to encourage conversation and instill greater trust.

She also said that parents should 'listen to their gut,' and recognize that if things don't feel right, they probably are not.  She added that parents often go into denial once a child discloses abuse because they fear losing the security they are currently enjoying.

Education is the best answer for all parents in order to keep their children safe from predators.  Garretson says should there be trouble, a report to police should be the first action taken.