Anita, an 8-year-old repeatedly tugged on to her mother’s stole to tell her something. The mother, single now was battling with her own divorce war with her ex-husband over the rights to various trusts and funds and the trading business they shared when together.
Anita’s maternal uncle, her mom’s cousin often came to help her mother and babysit Anita – but there was a problem. Her uncle was expressing himself in a sexual way to the child causing great stress levels on the 8-year-old. Her judgement was getting clouded and she could not make up her mind whether to scream or to just endure.
This would not have happened if her mom, though living in her own hell could have spotted the following signs –
- A family relative who has history of broken relationships and he is not able to explain why the break up happened.
- A person who is lonely and does most of his things alone
- Likes to help you in times of distress but your spouse has clear negative feelings about him. Listen to your spouse especially if he/she is the father of the child even if you are getting bitterly divorced
- Likes to sneak onto your family space. It might seem harmless to you at first and later you would get used to it, but spend sometime thinking why an uncle is paying a visit on a weekday at 2 pm in the afternoon when he should be at work.
- A relative who might have rivalry towards you or your family but is putting up a show of reconciliation – there could be ulterior motives
- Your child does not want to spend time with the relative
- Your child is restless when he /she hears the relative’s name
- Your child expresses strong views about the person – positive or negative
- In the company of such a person your child is agitated
- The relative is in a habit of speaking of sex when the child is at a hearing distance.
A mother is the best judge and I hope these guidelines help you in keeping a child molester at bay.