“Sliders, Emergers and Prowlers – Oh My!”
By Rick Braschler
Oh how I long for the days when “lions, tigers and bears” were the worst we could think of. But then again, the Wizard of Oz children’s story wasn’t about to address the uncomfortable reality of child sexual abusers in youth programming. And, in that era, the focus on stranger danger would likely have missed the reality that abusers in youth programming are not the unshaven strangers wearing trench coats offering candy to children in the parking lot. In fact, quite the opposite!