While crossing the street, Perry recalls seeing a toddler hold hands with his father and immediately began to cry.
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“Why did I have such a strong emotional reaction to this father and son?” he asks. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that it was because I never had those kind of experiences, never knew that kind of unconditional joy, never knew what it felt like to be wanted and adored as a child.”
Having grappled with his own molestation as a child, Perry urges parents to love, protect, and understand their children.
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“Think about it,” he writes. “And know that when you kiss that innocent face of your child, you kiss the face of God.”
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