That’s not how I see this. The Stranger-Danger education movement in the 80s and 90s was one of the most detrimental causes the US has ever championed. To quote television’s Criminal Minds ( I know, I know. But when they’re right, they’re right):

Gideon: "You know what program did the most harm to this country in terms of crimes like this - child abduction?"
Woman: "No."
Reid: "Stranger Danger."
Gideon: "A lot of the schools with it."
Reid: "I remember them coming to my classroom, it was Officer Friendly with the stranger danger coloring books."
Gideon: "Told a whole generation about a scary man in a trench coat hiding behind a tree. Then we learn that strangers are only a fraction of the offenders out there. Most are people you see every day. Family, your neighbors, school teachers. You know the rest... We prepared our children for 1% of the danger and made them more vulnerable to the other 99%. So we’ve been wrong before. All we can do is learn from it and hope to do better next time."

Thank you for being brave and coming forward to remind us.

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

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