I recently read a post about a teenaged girl who was kidnapped and held captive for 30 days. Luckily, the young woman escaped captivity and is now reunited with her loved ones.
As a mother of 2 women, the narrative shook me to the center. To the point that I not only want to help avoid something so tragic from happening to my children, but other children also.
Kidnappers drive vans since it makes it easy to catch someone and throw them in. Also, many builders use white vans to create their logo stand out and to carry their equipment. Therefore, there’s a plethora of white vans making it more difficult to identify a possible danger and harder for authorities to trace.
Last week my daughter was walking to school. She generally meets up with a buddy in the corner so she was walking one block independently. On the mornings her sister does not have a morning activity, they walk together.
On this particular morning, just a few minutes after she left, she walked back into the doorway.
She did not overlook anything that day. Feeling somewhat scared she turned into led home.
Most likely, it was a builder taking a look at the house numbers searching for the address of a project. However, you just never know.
I shudder every time I get an Amber Alert or learn a new sex offender has moved into the area. So I was glad that she arrived home. Another situation is too unbearable to imagine.
They say there’s safety in numbers. I am thankful that she’s a buddy to walk with and strongly encourage it. Whenever possible, you should have your child walk with a buddy. Irrespective of whether it is midnight or the middle of the day.
Another way to keep your children safe is by getting them a mobile phone. It not only provides you peace of mind but it’s a traceable way to learn your child’s whereabouts. Have your kids text you when they escape from college or when they get home. This way you know they secure.
Discuss potential dangers with your child. If I had not told my daughter the dangers of the dreaded white van, she may have kept walking. I’d much rather have my kid a bit afraid and cautious.