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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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  • Unfortunately, most of the time, the child is too scared to speak up as the offender has brainwashed them into believing something horrible will happen if try tell anyone about their ‘secret game.’ It’s vile and disgusting

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  • It’s so awful that this is what our world has come to. It seems that this sort of crime is becoming more and more prevalent. The punishments need to be way harsher for child molestation!

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  • It can be so hard to educate children without frightening them.

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  • Unfortunately there has been a few teachers who have abused young children. I have also heard about Dads molesting their own small daughters. One ended up in hospital with internal injuries. He was unemployed and the Mum was forced to find work to pay the bills and the mortgage. The only work she managed to get was at night, not during the day. 2 years later, and solid counselling that time she still froze if a male so much as innocently glanced her way as he said hello to her Mum. Both families prior to that had been close friends.

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  • all children should be taught to speak up.. teacher at school and parents should educate kids to be brave and speak up..

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  • Speak up is absolutely important. We need to teach this to our kids since a very young age.

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  • Children need to be taught that they should not be afraid to speak up when they feel uncomfortable around a particular person.

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