This brief news article appeared today, forewarning once again the importance that parents be aware of adults who are in contact with their children. Note to parents out there: If your child is courageous enough to approach you, please validate and believe him/her.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A West Meade man is in jail accused of repeatedly molesting an 11-year-old boy. Investigators say, 44-year-old Darrell Fisher was a “father-figure” to his victim and that is often how something like this starts.
Fisher was reportedly often at places where children were though he didn’t have any children of his own.
He coached for a club lacrosse team started by parents at JT Moore Middle School from 1998-2008. He was a boy scout leader at least from 2001 and he also started a military history group for young men.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “stranger danger” is rare. A child often knows his or her abuser.
The Center for Disease Control says, one in six boys are sexually abused before they’re 18. For girls, it’s one in four.
A few warning signs of child sexual abuse are if your children becomes withdrawn, self-destructive and/or shows poor school performance. Sometimes, though, there are not outward symptoms.
To keep your child safe, the AAP recommends that you teach your child early and often that there are no secrets been parents and their children.
Be wary of adults who offer children special gifts or want to be alone with the child.
If your child discloses sexual abuse, listen and take it seriously. Then contact your pediatrician, a child protection agency or the police.
Oftentimes, children aren’t believed, especially if the perpetrator is someone the parent knows, even loves.