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Child abduction, what can we do about it?

Posted May 30, 2018 5:25 am

I’m writing from Canberra Australia, the nations capital.
Where we’ve very recently experienced a spate of broad daylight attempted child abductions and as I write there is no guarantee this will stop as the perpetrator hasn’t been taken into custody yet.

It’s certainly not the first time this sort of thing has happened in Canberra and in fact seems to occur more regularly than we may care to think about.

I can’t find any statistics relating specifically to child abduction in Canberra but I can say that in the last 2 years I’ve heard via the news or secondary sources of at least 3 incidents each year where an attempt has been made and of 2 incidents in the last 3 years when a child has been taken. Thankfully both children were recovered, but not without some significant mental and physical trauma that they will have to struggle with for the rest of their lives.

So what if anything can we do about preventing this sort of thing in the future?

Well the unfortunate truth is we can’t do a lot to prevent these sorts of things occurring, apart from working harder on society to educate people about wright and wrong.

Unfortunately the kind of people carrying out these kind of acts often don’t respond to that kind of approach as they frequently suffer some form of mental illness and therefore don’t necessarily recognize wright from wrong.

So where does that leave us?
The best solution we have really is to educate Kids to be aware of the risks, teach them self defence (Krav Maga) and of course without creating hysteria, try to get the message out to the general public to be more vigilant.

Here at Krav Maga Canberra we run a comprehensive Kids curriculum
called Krav Junior.

Our aim is to not only provide the kids with self defence skills so that if they were actually grabbed or assaulted to be able to defend themselves, but far more importantly to also instill in them them a sense of situational awareness.

The best solution is to not get into the situation!

  • We teach the kids about dealing with approaches from adults both strangers and known adults who may be up to no good, the kinds of things to be aware of for instance:- The classic approach of an offer off gifts (lollies, toys etc), adults asking for assistance of some kind, or in the case in Canberra recently of “would you like to come and see my puppy”.
  • How and where to seek help.
  • Also if somebody tries to touch them inappropriately, how to recognize it’s not wright and bring it to the attention of the wright people.
  • We teach how to deal with bullying or outright assault from other kids.
  • How to deescalate and disengage from a situation.
  • How to recognize when aggression is appropriate and how much to use.
  • And of course we teach them how to survive!

Blog post by Dave Sargent, senior Instructor Krav Maga Canberra