Children are not responsible for avoiding or stopping sexual abuse. Parents, guardians, educators, and other adults can create safe communities for all children by:
- Becoming comfortable talking with the children in their lives about healthy body and emotional development.
- Respecting when a child does not want to give or receive physical affection such as a hug, kiss, or “high five” — even if it is from a family member.
- Taking action when another adult acts inappropriately with a child or children (such as insisting on spending time alone with them or not respecting the child’s boundaries).
- Knowing what support is available if they think abuse is happening.
We can all help create respectful, healthy, and safe places for children. You can make your community a better place for everyone.