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Hero Lure

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.

Prevention
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.

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