Local nonprofit teaches parents how to recognize sexual predators

Parenting Now held a presentation Tuesday night with the help of Eugene Police.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2018 7:16 PM
Updated: Mar. 27, 2018 7:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A local nonprofit is helping parents learn how to recognize sexual predators.

Parenting Now held a presentation Tuesday night with the help of Eugene Police.

They reviewed common techniques predators use to get close to children and parents. One is called "grooming," where the offender wins over the parent's trust and then offers to help with the child.

Police said they target single parents or those with special-needs children.

"There are some simple, recognizable things, but often times, parents might not trust their own instincts and so we really encourage parents to pay attention. If they feel uncomfortable with their child with someone, it's ok to not have your child be with that person or to make sure that there's heavy supervision if they're with that person,” said EPD Crime Prevention Specialist Margaret Mazzotta.

She said to be aware when a child says they have a secret and to believe them when they say they're being abused.

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