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Threat & Weapon Lure

Predators may blackmail or threaten youngsters into cooperation or silence. ("It's my word against yours, and who's going to believe a little kid?" Or "Do what say, or you're going to get hurt!") The size of an adult alone can frighten a child into compliance. Though rare, being threatened with an actual weapon is by far the most frightening lure.

Prevention
Stress that blackmail and verbal threats are against the law and must be reported immediately to both a trusted adult and the police. Explain how submitting to threats will only make matters worse.

If confronted with a gun, knife or other weapon, children should scream loudly and run to safety. Most predators will flee if faced with a noisy, attention-getting child. Tell youngsters to resist becoming paralyzed by fear and following the perpetrator into a car, building or isolated area.

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