Startling stat involving how often child sex abuse victims know their attacker

One victim knew Ariel Castro before abduction

BOCA RATON, Fla. - No one wants to think about it - but the facts don't lie. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually assaulted by the time they're 18 years old.

Nine times out of ten, the abuser is someone the child knows.

"I fell off my chair, I'm a grandparent and it blew me away," says Marty Weinbaum, who recently attended a seminar by the KidSafe Foundation to educate parents of the danger.

Weinbaum has two grown sons and now a grandson. The startling truth has him much more aware of who is grandson spends time with.
"Very different view of life, because you look at things more slanted and not as naive as I was," says Weinbaum.
"We're constantly trying to dispel the myth of teaching children stranger danger. It's easier to think it's a stranger, it's hard to think it's someone we know," says KidSafe founder Sally Berenzweig.
Berenzweig and Cherie Benjoseph are dedicated to educating kids and parents about safety. They stress to be wary of what might seem harmless, whether it's a family member or a friend.
"Some parents laugh, but if you notice an adult that wants to spend more time with your child than you do, that's a red flag," says Berenzweig.
Weinbaum says he's got his guard up. With another grandchild on the way, he's glad he knows what to look out for.
"Now I'm more cautious, I would bring it to my sons attention to say, watch out for this, investigate this," says Weinbaum.

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