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->''"Kids, there's nothing more cool than being hugged by someone you like! But if someone tries to touch you in a place or in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, that's NO GOOD! It's your body; no one has the right to touch you if you don't want them to. So what do you do? First, you say 'NO!' Then, you get outta there! Most important, you gotta tell someone you trust, like your parents, your teacher, a police officer."''
-->-- '''Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}''', ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''

A VerySpecialEpisode with a moral about a very important issue: all adults that you don't know are ravenous, sex-thirsty child molesters waiting to lure you into the back of their white van with promises of candy and toys. This Aesop came along in TheEighties as child abduction and abuse, particularly in the wake of the 1981 abduction and murder of 6-year-old [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Adam_Walsh Adam Walsh]], became a national concern in the United States.

Of course, being childrens' TV shows, they have to discuss these issues in a way that's easy to understand, but without being scary -- which usually just ends up [[CluelessAesop being awkward]]. ''Really'' awkward. They can't mention any of the "worst" crimes (e.g., molestation) by name, so they generally stick to just kidnapping or "being touched in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable" (and, all together now, [[AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog that's nooooo good]]). Expect the most graphic euphemisms you can get onto suitable-for-all-ages television, such as the mystifying "bathing suit area."

For these reasons, the bulk of the show tends to be either about "safety tips" like never talking to strangers (which usually refers to strange ''adults'', mind you) and rejecting all forms of generosity, or about an evil kidnapper [[SpaceWhaleAesop and the more fantastical things he does to his victim]].

It's also worth noting that in the vast majority of child kidnappings and sexual abuse cases, the abuser is someone the child knows and trusts, usually because they have easy access to the child and, in custody cases (which are almost all kidnappings) the kidnapper has something to gain by kidnapping the child. The fact that this Aesop is based on faulty information renders it almost entirely useless, so it fell out of favor by the end of TheNineties.

''Guaranteed'' to be [[CringeComedy utterly uncomfortable]], as happy-go-lucky, fun-loving characters are [[CluelessAesop forced to deal]] with a truly horrifying eventuality. May have the side effect of making some children unbelievably paranoid, especially if they themselves have had it happen by someone they know and trust. And Heaven have mercy on your psyche if the writers decide to disregard [[ScareEmStraight the "don't scare the crap out of the kids" part.]]

Compare DrugsAreBad, another favorite kids-show message in the 1980s.

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!Examples

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!!Played Straight

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* There was a [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Comic Book]] starring ''{{Spider-Man}}'' in which his next-door-neighbor kid was being molested by his (female) babysitter. In it, Spidey shares that ''he'' was molested, pre-superpowers, [[http://www.misterkitty.org/extras/stupidcovers/superhero2.jpg by someone who looked suspiciously like Uncle Ben]]. Spidey [[BizarroEpisode never references or even acknowledges this story in any other continuity]], but can you really blame him? Supposedly, the original draft of the story said the molester ''was'' Uncle Ben, with all the attendant {{Squick}} involved. One time when ExecutiveMeddling was used for good. Because [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Some Plots Need To Be Censored]].
** It was packaged with a PowerPack comic about the Powers family helping a child who ran away from abuse in her immediate family. Both comics were reviewed by Dr. Scott of PoliteDissent [[http://www.politedissent.com/archives/982 here]].
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* Besides the TropeNamer, there was also a book release titled "Don't Talk to Strangers, Pooh" that came out in 1998. It was part of a series called ''My Very First Winnie the Pooh''.
* A book about sex marketed to young people titled ''It's Perfectly Normal'' took a light and humorous approach to almost everything about sex using non threatening cartoons to illustrate masturbation, homosexuality, conception etc. The chapter on child molestation gets a bit more serious. No cartoons other than the two animal mascots admitting that this is a difficult subject to discuss. Still, at least it's not a CluelessAesop.
* Referenced near the end of the book ''The Year My Parents Ruined My Life''. Katie decides to run away from her new home and attempts to fly back to California by herself. She decides to hitchhike to the airport, and is already sitting in a car with a man and wearing her seat-belt by the time she realizes it may not have been a good idea to take a ride with a stranger. Her fears are only amplified when she notices he's taking a different route and hears him say "I may need to zigzag." He quickly realizes that Katie's afraid of him and thinks it's the funniest thing ever.
-->"Oh, honey, you're ''scared!'' Of ''me!'' You took a ride with someone you don't know and now you've gone and scared yourself half to death! Honey, it's okay, I'm not a serial killer, I don't have a knife in the glove compartment -- check if you want, and I really do have three children of my own. And see here, we are, safe at the airport, and I didn't even have to zigzag."\\
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