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Few stages are as important for the proper development of a child as the sexual stages. Because children are experiencing something profoundly new and unexpected (even if it is actually radically old and predictable), they lack the experiential vocabulary required to communicate it.
It is our job as parents to be in tune with these amorphous emotions and nascent desires. Learning to distinguish between "normal" and "alarming" childhood sexual behavior is key to ensuring healthy sexual development. If deviant or violent sexual behavior goes unnoticed or untreated in these early stages, there can be grave consequences.

The brutal murder of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera serves as a painful but apt example of such consequences. This past Thursday, January 19, the grisly saga came to a violent close when Rivera's killer, 20-year-old Ryan Brunn, hung himself in his jail cell. In the wake of this maelstrom, the families of both victim and perpetrator are left picking up the pieces of their shattered lives, while the public at large continue to ask: How could this tragedy have been averted?
Stories like these can be terrifying for parents. We all fear the possibility that one of our children could end up a victim of sexual crime. However, parents rarely consider the possibility that one of their children could end up the perpetrator of those same crimes. Until Ryan Brunn plead guilty, his family couldn't believe that he had committed the crime. "[He is] kind-hearted. ... He's great with kids....The whole thing doesn't seem possible. It's not his nature. He's not a violent person," the family members said.

The good news is that if, as a parent, you‘ve ever considered this nightmarish possibility, you are not alone and you are certainly not crazy. We all want the best for our children but the nightly news is a consistent reminder that life doesn't always go as planned.…...

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