Child Sex Abuse Case Sheds Light on Warning Signs

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A few warning signs of child sexual abuse are if your children becomes withdrawn, self-destructive and/or shows poor school performance.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.


6 thoughts on “Child Sex Abuse Case Sheds Light on Warning Signs

  1. Kami says:

    There isn’t enough awareness on this violation. I wasn’t sexually abused, but mentally and physically. but that doesn’t put it in another bracket. The damage was done and very seldom dissipates. My advice to parents are to watch, look and listen. This has made me into an overprotective mother but I’m also making sure there is a balance, as hard as it is for me…it’s something I have to do because you cannot pass your fears to your kids and in the process create jumpy rabbits. Good read, thank you


    • cherished79 says:

      For sure, you have to be alert and aware. You’re a Good mom, better overprotective than turning a blind eye, denying or not acknowledging it ever happened, not believing your child, nor keep educating and ensuring your is child safe. Pat yourself on the back. 🙂


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