Police are urging parents to help in the ongoing battle against sex offenders by encouraging their children to speak up when they feel uncomfortable.
Superintendent David Watt from the Victorian Police said it was important that children could talk when they were uncomfortable about what a stranger or someone they knew had done.
“(It’s important) to know when they’re feeling uncomfortable and it’s absolutely OK to speak up about that and to tell someone and that people will believe them and they will do something,” Superintendent Watt told the Australian Associated Press. “One of the greatest tools these perpetrators have is that they’re able to control children in a way that they will not report that sort of behaviour.”
Superintendent Watt stressed that with more than 90 per cent of child sex offences were committed by someone known to the child, parents need to call 000 if someone behaves strangely around their children.
In the year to September 2015, thirty-five Victorian sex offenders were caught loitering schools and public places by Victorian Police.
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