Protecting ourselves by using the spirit

The world in which we live is not always a congenial place for women.

Crimes against women are on the rise, particularly sexual crimes and physical violence. We live in a highly sexualized society, and provocative images of women abound.

Couple that with the social acceptance and promotion of the burgeoning pornography trade and this combination does not bode well for women.

Children do not fall far behind in this dangerous equation and are perhaps more at risk because they truly have few defenses, being innocent and physically weaker.

This is certainly not something that women like to turn their attention to in this world. Nevertheless, it is so and women must consider their safety. If a woman is a caregiver to children she must also look out for the safety of those children.

All these thoughts came to mind this week because of a conversation I had with a young mother who has become a good friend. She explained that after Christmas break her children returned to school and her 7-year-old son came home that first day after break wearing a new necklace.

Upon asking, she was told that the necklace was a gift from a man in his twenties who supervises recesses at her son's school. She described her reaction as "a red warning flag" in her mind, but as quickly, she dismissed her concerns.

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