There’s a notice making the circuits on Sooke social media, warning of a possible child predator and alerting all to stranger danger in Sooke.
In the notice, a mother says that her 14 year old daughter is continually being approached by a man asking if she wants a ride. The youth is travelling by bicycle, and the offer for a ride seems suspicious.
“At best this is a man acting highly highly inappropriate but without ill will,” writes the mother in her post. She continues, “At worst this is something I can’t even comprehend.”
This incident, along with a description of the man and his vehicle, has been reported to the RCMP.[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]If you or your children experience anything similar to this, please contact the RCMP (information below) and let them know.
You and your child can have a password, a special word that would only hold meaning between you. If you ever need someone to pick up your child in your stead, they MUST have that password. Otherwise, your child should immediately inform another adult. Children should generally turn to someone they know. If such a person is not available, teach your kids to turn to the following adults (in order of preference) to seek help:
- someone in uniform (police, security guard, patrol)
- an employee (cashier, store clerk, desk clerk)
- a woman with other children (grandmother, mother)
- a woman
- a man with other children
If your child is old enough, you can teach them to observe basic characteristics, like time, age of person, colour of car, etc. so that a report to the RCMP can be meaningful.
Additional tips and information are provided at the bottom of this article.
And lastly a word to adults: Speaking to any child or youth you don’t know when their parents are not present is ill-advised and inappropriate. If you didn’t know any better before, consider yourself informed, and just don’t do it. Kids these days know more than ever, and there’s a good likelihood that your description may be forwarded to the RCMP. Should your intentions be less than honourable, seek help. Some resources are listed below.
- Sooke RCMP 250-642-5241
- Original posting from the mom appeared in a closed Facebook Group called Sooke Mommies and Daddies
- What to teach kids about strangers (National Crime Prevention Council, USA)
- Stranger Safety (Teaching your child, UK)
Resources for offenders
- Rehabilitation for sex offenders (Canadian Government article, no actual resources offered)
- FAQs on sex offender treatment
- Sex Offender Help