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School bus 6324834284_a1a0dba917By Lisa Cherry

Sodomy hazing…some have called it normal, run-of-the-mill behavior

Perhaps boys will be boys, wouldn’t you agree?  

I didn’t think so. 

But parents, you need to know this: Acceptance of this perverse act is gaining ground.

I was absolutely outraged at this story about a 13 year old western Colorado boy and his family. The young athlete, a son of the school principal, was "hazed" in a shocking criminal act.  

The perpetrators, who were upper classmen, cornered their victim on a school bus after others had exited the bus at a wrestling tournament.

When the horrified father worked to protect his son, he was met with a coach who said "This happens 1,000 times a day around the U.S." 

The school superintendent gave the perpetrators a one-day, in-school suspension.

The community rose to defend not the victim, but the ones who attacked him.  He was teased repeatedly. One mother paid for T-shirts with a slogan using the initials of the suspects.

Angry that the father had reported the crime to the police, parents demanded he resign his position as principal.

This is outlandish!  Blaming the victim? Treating a brutal, perverse act as if it were a childish prank? Ostracizing a family for reporting dangerous, illegal behaviors?

We could just conclude it is an isolated incident of one mean-spirited community. But I don't think that is the explanation.

On the same day that I read that awful story, a mom contacted me who had faced a similar bullying problem.  Her 14 year old daughter had been sexually attacked by a 20 year old man who had been seen hanging around school events.

The school officials said the sexual encounter was "pretty normal" and accused the mother of being over protective. Her daughter was displaying severe symptoms of post-abuse trauma.  And the daughter’s friends were bullying her for reporting the crime!

Parents, I think we are entering a new season of escalated danger. As sexual perversion has been "normalized," we are losing our ability to protect our own kids!

Here are three suggestions we, as parents, need to consider.

1. Parents MUST speak up! Take this story to your school officials and ask: What safeguards are in place to prevent this from happening in our school? Is "hazing" normal here?

2. Talk with your kids' coaches. Explain your concerns about this incident and ask the same question. What are their views on "normal" team teasing/bullying behaviors?

3. Recognize the danger. Pray for wisdom of how to safeguard your child's participation in activities.

What other suggestions would you have for your fellow Frontline Parents?

Will you join me in praying for the two families I mentioned above.....and for the thousands of others their stories represent?

(If you have not read our book, Unmask the Predators, we encourage you to get a copy. Parents are the best defenders of children and teens!)

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Can You Help?

Lisa Cherry —  May 2, 2012

By Lisa Cherry

We are just days away from the launch of our new book Unmask the Predators. I can sense an urgency on this assignment as the Lord is equipping this generation of parents to raise worldchangers for Him.

Could you help us in one or more of the following ways to get the word out about the book?

1. Watch our new Unmask the Predators book trailer.

2. Go to Facebook and like our new Frontline Family Ministries page and then suggest that page to your friends.

3. Order your copy of Unmask the Predators from our website and be among the first to review it (positively, we hope!) on Amazon.

4. Come to our Unmask the Predator Book Launch Tour Conference event May 20 in Murphysboro, Illinois. On that day we need a studio audience to help us film the new video curriculum to be launched nationwide! Register at Fronlinefamilies.org

5. PRAY! for favor with distributors and media venues!

A Reality Show for Predators

Lisa Cherry —  February 11, 2012

By Lisa Cherry

I watch so little TV that I am often appalled when I find out what the networks and cable companies are offering.  Reality shows bring in the big bucks.   But there is one in particular that must hold the record for being low and disgusting.

It’s called Toddlers and Tiaras.   I  do not recommend that you watch this show to learn more.  It’s a sick and dangerous exploitation of children and parents who have fallen into the pageant industry.  Mom Spark recently blogged about it.

Children are shown dressed in scanty, alluring clothing...made up like adult women...and dancing suggestively.  …Reflecting a culture that doesn’t blink at using children for sexually stimulating, evil purposes. And conveniently served up weekly for predators to watch and record.

I’m praying that God will show us what to do to stop this madness and rescue the children being hurt by this.  Will you join me?