People on Reddit were asked: "What was the first event that disproved your childhood belief that the world is a safe place?" These are some of the best answers.
2/26 When I overheard my aunts and uncles talking about Adam Walsh. A stranger took a child, that was roughly my age. The thing that really got me was my uncle saying "God knows what else he did to him."
3/26 When my dad reacted nervously around an aggressive stranger
Up until this point, I'd encountered weird people and situations, but my parents had remained calm. This one time, I was about 6/7/8 and my dad and I were fishing in a stream and some guy came at us.
My dad's whole demeanor changed. There was no sweet talk in his voice, it was just "Grab your stuff, we have to go... forget the cokes! Grab the rods!" I could tell by his panic and seriousness that this person was a real threat to us. That things could go... wrong.
4/26 When I was 3 my parents took me on a road trip to visit my aunt and uncle. It was a 6 hour car ride so I fell asleep in the back. When we got to their house they left me sleeping in the vehicle and went inside rather than taking me out of my car seat. My aunt had been working as a clown and thought it would be a great idea to come out and greet me in her costume. So I woke up in a strange place without my mom or dad and then I see this creepy clown flailing its arms and running towards the car. It was at that moment that I new the world was a horrifying and untrustworthy place. I still hate clowns to this day.
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