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#206874 - 02/23/08 12:14 AM .
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#206877 - 02/23/08 12:43 AM Re: Confronted a Could-Be Predator; It Was Upsetting.. [Re: GoFigure12]
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Gofigure12,

Wow.... I am so proud of you!!!!!!

If I had been there at the rink with you, I would have stood up and cheered. I may have even joined you in the confrontation.

I currently volunteer with an organization that does everything we can to keep kids safe. It has become my mission to "heal by helping".

I know what you mean about the feelings it can bring up. When I come home from an event, I am wiped out. As a survivor, I think some of our senses are extra sharp. I honestly think I can spot a perp from a mile way. Whenever I am at an event, I am hyper vigalent. I come home and collapse.

I would rather be an asshole, and make an adult mad at me, then to let another child get hurt.

You did the right thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

About the meltdown... you are allowed to have some moments. This whole recovery thing is a long road. We all have ups and downs, the best part is that you took a stand. It may have brought back a lot of fears, but you have taken a huge step towards helping protect other children. You can be proud of that!

I hope things get easier, I think they will.

Be strong.... and keep protecting your boys.

Luv ya,
Carl

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#206878 - 02/23/08 12:48 AM Re: Confronted a Could-Be Predator; It Was Upsetting.. [Re: GoFigure12]
Freedom49 Offline
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Registered: 12/30/07
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Loc: Washington State
I know that feeling. I am sad that you had that experience but it was actually probably a good thing. The whole situation triggered you and I think you know that. It just brought up to many sub concious memories. Stuff you may not even be aware of but it triggered the feeling of helplessness and fear you must have had as a child. I am glad you were able to be alone and deal with it like you did. It was probably a good thing. Just reading the post did it to me too although not that bad. My heart was pounding and I was clenching my hands before I knew it. YOU DID A GOOD THING. Thank you for protecting the boys. You may have saved some of those kids a terrible experience. Thank you for your courage in speaking up and not being part of the silent majority.

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#206885 - 02/23/08 01:20 AM Re: Confronted a Could-Be Predator; It Was Upsetting.. [Re: Freedom49]
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Standing ovation from me. I know how it can be scary when you have so much anger inside of you and the only thing to stop that is you. I'm sure you're a strong person but, sometimes, we all think that there would be nothing better than to unload on a guy like that. I think you did a damn good job and got your point across quite well.

It's good to get away from our issues every once in a while. If you are a CSA survivor, being on this site everyday is not "mandatory" for your recovery. It's an excellent tool that can help you. I'm sure a lot of people that are CSA survivors on this site, including myself at one time, thought "Oh my god, I'm going to have to wallow in my mysery on this site till the day I die". In actuality, once you recover from something, you recover from it. CSA has a wide array of problems that may come your way. Some take longer than others. However, once each problem is dealt with and "fixed", then your life is changed forever. Just one step closer to happiness at a time.

Also, a lot of the veterans of CSA recovery that have tackled the issues of CSA within their own lives are still on this site probably because they enjoy it. They still have some issues to face but, most of us who have been through the ropes and are well experienced in recovery take pleasure in helping those that are new to this recovery process. We know how hard it is and how confusing things can be. I was helped by many and I enjoy passing on the help that was given to me. Also, I can always find something about myself that needs a bit of tuning up on this site.

Thanks for the great post! Tell that guy to go to hell for me!

Jason



Edited by endlessjourney (02/23/08 01:22 AM)
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#206912 - 02/23/08 08:26 AM . [Re: endlessjourney]
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#206914 - 02/23/08 08:52 AM Re: Confronted a Could-Be Predator; It Was Upsetting.. [Re: GoFigure12]
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GF12:
You may be correct that he is possibly "an innocent child in an adult's body". However, if he is unable to relate to age-appropriate persons, he will gravitate to younger ones where he may be more accepted. But, his hormones are not child-related and he may be sexualizing the contacts with his young "friends."

While you may have come on too strong at the arena, it may be that he got the message. However, his mental state may keep him away from kids for a while but desires to connect with others who accept him and his hormones may cause him to return.

If you see him again, you may want to explain why you reacted so strongly (no need to talk about your own victimization unless you wish) and tell him that if he is having any feelings or thoughts about sexual contact with any of the kids, he needs to talk to someone BEFORE he acts on them and keep himself from a world of trouble, not to mention possibly scarring an innocent child for life.

I don't know if he has enough understanding but he can call Stop It Now! about the feelings and thoughts and talk to someone who can help him. The phone number is 1 888 PREVENT and the website is http://www.stopitnow.org.


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#206917 - 02/23/08 09:06 AM Re: Confronted a Could-Be Predator; It Was Upsetti [Re: GoFigure12]
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Registered: 08/01/07
Posts: 170
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Originally Posted By: GoFigure12
one part of me wonders if maybe I was the one who was out of line....


It doesn't sound to me as if you were out of line at all. I know I can easily feel as if I'm over reacting, but I think that is most often because I'm used to living in a world where we almost always under react to this. Protecting our children is really important - it is part of being civilized. The could-be predator may need help too, but that does not trump the needs of children. Thank you for protecting your child and all those other children.

Mike


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#206923 - 02/23/08 09:25 AM Re: Confronted a Could-Be Predator; It Was Upsetti [Re: mike5]
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Sounds to me like you did what you had to do to protect your child as well as others. A very brave thing for a survivor to do. As you described it I could feel your rage, I have been there before. Don't look at the meltdown as a step backward but a step forward. The feelings were natural due to your experiences and what had just taken place. Tears of a hurt child/adult standing up for himself in the face of possible perpetrator is a traumatic event for even a non-survivor parent.

The fact you were able to confront this person says a lot about how far you have come in your recovery. You should be proud of the bravery you showed to stand up as well as the bravery to feel your emotions. I'm sure you will come out of this a stronger more confident person.
peace & light

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#206927 - 02/23/08 10:01 AM Re: Confronted a Could-Be Predator; It Was Upsetting.. [Re: Scoutvictim]
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Gofigure,

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I would rather be an asshole, and make an adult mad at me, then to let another child get hurt.

You did the right thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Also remember that many other parents supported your actions. They may have seen other things that even you missed, but they didn't know how to handle the confrontation.

I still think you did the right thing!

As Ken has said, he may be a child/adult, but think about how many guys here were victimized by other kids around their own age. He has an adult body and urges, but because of his mental age he doesn't know how to deal with those urges. You took a stand and because of that, other parents will think twice about letting him get close to their child. That is the important thing.

Children will be safe from him... because of you!!!

I also agree you have taken a huge step in your recovery.

Keep going.... you have FIGURED it out.
Carl

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Shawn and Ben will always be in my heart....

Happiness is like peeing your pants; Everyone can see it, but only YOU feel the warmth.

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#206930 - 02/23/08 10:09 AM Re: Confronted a Could-Be Predator; It Was Upsetti [Re: GateKPR4]
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Whether what you did was right or wrong, though i think it was probably right, it's totally understandable IMO. I don't have kids of my own but i could easily see myself feeling the same way in a situation like that. I see young children alone walking down lonely stretches of road where someone could just snatch them and it drives me completely nuts! I sometimes wonder if i could ever handle having a child with all the worry it puts one through.

The guy your talking about does sound like a classic pedophile and i'd feel a lot better about his feelings getting hurt unnecessarily than having all those kids he's around in danger. Your meltdown sounds just like what i do when i blow up at someone or have an angry confrontation..i almost always end up crying afterwards..sometimes for hours. I don't think crying is ever a bad thing.

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