7 Steps to Protecting Our Children
1) Learn the facts:
Parents usually don't discuss sexual abuse with
Child abuse can
start at any age.
If your child makes allegation of abuse as a parent you
must ask a lot of questions, as children can make false accusations
are usually abused by someone they know and trust.
2) Minimize opportunity:
Teach your child not to talk to or accept
gifts from strangers.
Talk to your child about dangers.
Find out if your child's' school has
a policy regarding sexual abuse.
3) Talk about it:
4) Stay alert:
Teaching children to be cautious
with strangers is not the sole
preventative measure for sexual abuse.
Studies show that 85% of child victims
are abused by someone they known or
recognize. Sadly, in 40% of these
cases, the abuser is a member of the
An abuser within the family usually
tries to control the victim with threats
of punishment if the victim tells
anyone, or by convincing the child that
this activity is to be "their little
5) Make a plan
As s parent you should always know
where your child is, what they are doing
and with whom.
Instruct your children in the "buddy
system" where they are never alone in
potentially dangerous places.
6) Act on suspicion
Victims of sexual abuse are
usually plagued by tremendous guilt and
shame, which prevents them from
confiding in a family member calling a
Actual incidents of abuse should be
reported to the Police immediately.
7) Get involved:
Create an atmosphere in which
your child feels to talk about any
Explain and discuss sexual abuse
with your child often and encourage
Assure your child that you are
always on their side encouraging them to
tell you about a stranger of family
member that tries to touch them