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Strangers may have posed bigger danger long ago

Strangers may have posed bigger danger long ago



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It looks like "Stranger Danger" may have been more of a threat to children more than 100 years ago than it is today.

The head of the Children's Justice Center in Davis County has sifted through roughly 2,800 cases of child sexual abuse reported in newspapers between 1870 and 1910. He found a lot of stories of children being attacked by strangers.

Doug Miller tells The Salt Lake Tribune so-called stranger danger was high then. But today, advocates question whether the danger has been over-played. They tell children now to listen to their instincts. They say acquaintances account for 98 percent of all abuse today.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

Andrew Adams

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