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It’s not just ‘stranger danger’, SA kids’ killers are closer to home

Following a string of child murders, experts urge parents to warn their kids that anyone is a threat

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Experts say parents need to start teaching their children that even those close to them could harm them, whereas in the past when youngsters were educated about “stranger danger”.

“This is where the problem comes in. In the past, children were warned against strangers who offer them sweets or ask for directions. How do parents even begin to warn children? Where does that conversation even begin?” said Shaheda Omar of the Teddy Bear Clinic.

She was speaking after a spate of crimes against children, the latest being Reagan Gertse, 8, whose body was found in Tulbagh in the Western Cape. One of the family’s neighbours have been arrested in connection with the little boy’s murder...

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