Youngsters seek and cherish the attention of individuals they admire. Heroes might
include favorite teachers, coaches, relatives or local celebrities. Predators exploit
their hero status to abuse youngsters.
When a youngster's real-life hero turns abuser, the child might endure repeated
abuse in order to maintain the ''friendship'' or keep their hero out of trouble.
In isolated cases, young children have been abused by pedophiles dressed as holiday
figures or costumed characters.
Review the concepts of "Real Love" & "Fake Love" and the Bathing Suit Zone.
Encourage children to tell a trusted adult of any abuse or attempted abuse. Instruct
youngsters to never blindly trust or go with someone who resembles or claims to
know a celebrity.