Were they Warned?

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Were they Warned?
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Fear mongering news reporters once again have distracted us from the real danger.

On October 30th, 2021, Channel 44 News in Indiana broadcast a story called, "Beware of Halloween Stranger Danger, Know Your Local Sex Offender Registry" by Valerie Lyons.

Atlanta Media News in the same city where Devonne “DJ” David was killed by a car posted this story on October 27, 2021, "If You See This Sign On Anyone’s Door This Halloween, Avoid That Home Like The Plague!" by Veronika Rogers.

Theses are two examples of many similar stories from around the country during the days before Halloween that completely ignore the fact that 93% to 95% of registered sex offenders will never commit another sex crime and that most new sex crimes are committed by family member or others known by the child. They also disregard that there is no evidence that a child was ever a victim of sexual abuse by a stranger while out trick-or-treating. Nowhere do these stories tell parents that the greatest danger posed to trick-or-treaters is getting hit by a car. Maybe if news agencies had done a little less fear mongering this year and presented more fact based reports about the dangers of Halloween, these children might still be alive:

  • In Atlanta, 11-year-old Devonne “DJ” David was hit by a car at around 8:20 p.m on Halloween, as he tried crossing the street. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.[1]
  • In TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, 13-year-old Karl Finch was struck by a car while out trick-or-treating and died early Monday morning of his injuries.[2]
  • A 15-year-old boy identified as Wyatt Lobato was struck and killed by a Subaru on Halloween night while out trick-or-treating in Auroea, Colorado. [3]

If local news had reported that kids are twice as likely to get hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, maybe these children and their parents would have at been more aware of the danger. It's easy to imagine that these kids were warned about "stranger danger" and maybe even knew which houses they weren't suppose to visit. Did anyone tell them, "watch out for cars"?

There were no reports of any kid getting sexually assaulted by a stranger or registered sex offender on Halloween.