While many parents think that it cannot happen to them, child abduction is a reality that must be addressed. While there is never a fool-proof way to protect a child completely, families that arm themselves against predators are more likely to be safe than ones who do not. Communities that dedicate themselves to fighting child abduction can form networks to look after the children.
Sometimes, cases of supposed child abduction are not child abduction at all. Abusive parents who have either accidentally or purposely killed their child may lie and blame a kidnapper to cover up the crime. One should always be on the look out for abused children in their community.
Sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect are all different kinds of abuse. Some physical signs to watch for are bruising or physical wounds. Other signs are not so visible. A child who is fearful or depressed may be an abused child. A parent’s interaction with their children is also a good indication of possible abuse. If a parent disciplines their children harshly, yells constantly or talks down to them there may be cause to inform the authorities so they can investigate, especially if a child seems to fear the parents.