Hey kids, have you ever been separated from your mom or dad? Way scary, isn't it?
That’s just how your mom and dad feel when they can't find you!
It's no big deal when you wander away from your parents in the store … right? Wrong! Your mom and dad are so scared when they can’t find you!
When you wander off, you eventually come back and everything is cool! But some kids don’t come back because they’ve been abducted. Being abducted means someone has taken you away against your will. When you’re abducted people do bad things to you, or tell you to do things to them that don’t feel right or good to you.
Do you even know what an abductor looks like? Can you see them in the street or pick them out of a crowd? Kidnappers don’t look any different than you and me. They don’t act differently. It’s not easy to know if you’re near a kidnapper.
A kidnapper will want to be your friend. They might offer you candy or presents. They might tell you that they want you to help them find their lost puppy. They might tell you that your mom or dad was in an accident and they’re there to take you to your mom or dad. Remember one thing … they can hurt you.
Always report to a police officer, a parent, a teacher or any adult you know if a stranger:
Always trust your feelings and talk to grown-ups about problems that are too big for you to handle on your own. There are a lot of people care about you, and they’ll listen and believe you. You’re not alone.
It is never too late to ask for help. Keep asking until you get the help you need. You are so special and you deserve to feel safe.
Luckily, most kids who are abducted are returned home safely. Child abduction is rare, but remember to always think and use common
sense in every situation.
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