Child Abuse And You

September 01, 1993

The multitude of highly publicized sexual abuse cases -- both alleged and proven -- touches everyone's life. We're worried, parents and single people alike.

Some of us are increasingly hesitant about touching, comforting or admiring children we don't know well -- or even those we do -- for fear we could stand accused of deviant behavior. Where is the line between healthy caution and damaging paranoia? Will awareness of sexual abuse affect our communal habits of

protecting children and interacting with them? Are these worries founded or are fears about sexual abuse causing the modern equivalent of a witch hunt?

We'd like to know how this fear is affecting the way you deal with children, in your role as parent, relative, caretaker, teacher, neighbor or family friend. Tell us by calling SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County). It's a local call. After you hear the greeting, enter 4470 on your touch-tone

phone.

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