Is someone’s reputation worth the abuse of a child?
I often wonder how many people suspected a neighbor, friend, family member, teacher or favorite coach might be abusing a child, but didn’t want to say anything because it might damage the abuser’s reputation.
You might think … “What if I’m wrong?”.
A false accusation could ruin an innocent person.
What if you are right? How many children will suffer?
Which set of consequences is greater?
The suffering child or the potential loss of reputation?
The emotional and physical well-being of a child should always outweigh any fall-out to a potential abuser.
As parents, it is our duty to pay attention to the children around us. We instinctively know when something doesn’t feel “right”.
If you suspect abuse, follow-up on those feelings. Gather information. Get educated. Give the child an opportunity to talk. Watch body language.
And, if you suspect something isn’t right. Report it.
Reputations can be mended… Mending a hurting child is much more difficult.