Blessed Love Sistren,
Give thankhs for sharing such a delicate and personal subject.
I chose to raise my children at home, no baby sitters or day care business, until they were old enough to speak. At the time, a huge pedophilia case was all over the news about a a pre school that had been molesting children...the name of the family escapes me. Anyhow, between that case and my personal observations and experience as a young girl and woman, I knew there are predators everywhere. I was never molested, but experienced things that unfortunately are damn near common for girls (and boys), such as being flashed, or spoken to inappropriately, lewd eyes and sexual innuendo.
So I made the decision to arm my children with knowledge of such people. I explained things to them from a very young age. What to look for, how to recognize and identify it, and how to protect themselves and to ALWAYS TELL. I remember this being a source of debate between my mother in law and I. She being from an older generation that promoted silence, she felt I was giving my children too much information at too young an age. Me, I stand by my decision to equip them to KNOW, RECOGNIZE, DEFEND AND TELL.
I put my daughter in martial arts at a young age (my sons too), which she's used against predators a few times. One as recent as her at 18, and a man tried to physically grab her and put her in his car. Well, in a swift and most unexpected manner, she had him on the ground, and kept his ass there until police came. Thank JAH ALMIGHTY!
To this day, and she is a mama now at 26, she thanks me for always being open with her, especially on sensitive subjects. My children KNOW that they can come to me about ANYTHING, no matter how embarrassing or scary, from young children to adults. No discussion is taboo.
In the end, we can't eradicate perversion, but we can educate and prepare our youth to defend themselves.