Prof. Bill Durodié, head of the Conflict Analysis and Management program, has published a provocative opinion piece in the Times Colonist titled "Fear of adults has devastating effects for kids."
An excerpt from the piece:
As hundreds of thousands of Canadian children participate in summer camps and outdoor activities and a new generation prepares to go to school for the first time next month, concerns about child safety can understandably creep up on, and unnerve, parents.
Michael Dunahee, a four-year-old, disappeared from a Victoria playground in 1992.
Madeleine McCann, another four-year-old, vanished from a Portuguese resort apartment in 2007.
Elizabeth Smart was a teenager abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 and returned to her family nine months later.
We know their names because their stories are rare. If children disappeared every day, we would have long forgotten the roll-call.
As Randall Hopley is set to be sentenced for the abduction of Kienan Hebert in Sparwood, it's important to acknowledge the devastating effect these cases have on child-adult relations far removed from the crime.