I wish this wasn’t true, but I’m afraid my wishing it isn’t going to change the reality:
“We’re not allowed in the elementary schools, and one of the reasons for that is the topic is related to sex,” McGrath continued. “However, the reality of the situation is average age of entry into the sex trade is 12-13 years old. That is 6th grade. So, it’s too late. By the time we get to the middle and high schools, we’re too late. Our kids already know what this is. We need to be talking to our fifth graders, our fourth graders. And, it’s challenging to say, ‘I need to talk to a 10 and 11-year-old about sexual exploitation.’ But, it’s the reality.”
Most importantly though, is making sure your kids always, always, always know what a good relationship looks like, and have an open line of communication with their parents. It’s the kids without that who are frequently targeted.