I recently read an article about a teenaged girl who was kidnapped and held captive for 30 days. Thankfully, the young girl escaped captivity and is now reunited with her loved ones.
As a mother of two women, the narrative shook me to the center. To the point that I not only want to help prevent something so tragic from happening to my children, but other children as well.
Kidnappers drive vans because 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 an abundance of white vans which makes it harder to identify a possible danger and harder for police to trace.
Last week my daughter was walking alone to school. She usually meets up with a friend at the corner so she was only walking one block alone. On the mornings her sister doesn’t have a morning activity, they walk together.
On this particular morning, only a few minutes after she left, she walked back into the doorway.
She didn’t overlook anything that day. It slowed down as it was passing her. Feeling a bit scared she turned around to led home. Then the van drove off.
Most likely, it was a builder looking at the house numbers trying to find the address of a project. However, you just never know.
I shudder every time I get an Amber Alert or learn that a new sex offender has moved into the area. So I was glad that she came home. Another situation is too unbearable to even imagine.
They say there’s safety in numbers. I am thankful that she has a buddy to walk with and strongly encourage it. Whenever possible, you should have your child walk with a friend. 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 gives you peace of mind but it’s a traceable way to learn your child’s whereabouts. Have your kids text you when they get out of college or when they get home. This way you know they secure.
Discuss potential dangers with your child. If I hadn’t told my daughter the dangers of the dreaded white van, she might have kept walking. I would much rather have my child a bit afraid and cautious. Wouldn’t you?