A child predator loses his power when he loses his cover. Samuel Learns To Yell & Tell was written to teach children and parents this critical fact. If all children knew that they would be heard and protected when they yelled and told, it would stop most predators from child hunting.
Your children need to know they can come to you at any time and any place, and that you are ready to listen and take action to protect them. They will not understand this naturally; it is your responsibility as a parent to regularly and effectively communicate this message.
Of the reported sexual assaults on children, 90 percent are done by friends or family, and most violations never come to light. Predators are aware that parents are naïve. Predators know parents are thrilled to get a sitter so they can spend time together. He is there waiting for the opportunity you give him. Five years ago, one in four children were molested. The number is growing. As child porn grows rampant, so do the number of young boys and men who are lusting after small children. I remember when the only porn was in a few nasty run-down hovels in the lower part of a big city. Church people prayed for the places to close. Now men rush home from church and indulge on the web. In the last ten years the internet has catapulted us into Sodom and Gomorrah.
Don’t take the easy way out. Only leave your children with people that you are positive are walking in truth and are not planning on having company while your child is visiting. Just to be safe, go to several people who have known the family the longest and ask plainly, “Can you think of any reason why my child should not stay with this person?” Even if you think their answer is crazy, heed it. Better safe than forever sorry.
God promises wisdom to those who ask. This priceless gift is easy to receive. In this evil generation your children need wise parents to safeguard them. So ask for wisdom; ask and ask again and keep receiving more and more.
Most child molesters live out their lives in peace and success. No one ever tells on them, so no one ever knows except the silent broken trail of victims they leave behind. They feel safe because, for all the children they have violated, not one person has ever spoken out.
Someday there will surely be a day of judgment, when every perverse deed will be revealed, and they will face the terror of an angry God. I will be there watching, and I will rejoice “when their calamity cometh.”
Until that blessed day, read Yell & Tell books to your children. Talk about what you learn. Ask questions. Watch for signs of fear or anxiety in your child concerning any friends or family. Our children are given to us to protect and nurture. Tell your children every day, “I love you and want to keep you safe, so always, always tell me anything that needs to be told. I will always, always listen.”
Isaiah 28:10: “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little...”
James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Matthew 18:6: “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”