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How can I protect my child from sexual abuse?

  • Encourage open communication with your children early in their development.
  • Teach him/her to tell you about any physical contact initiated by an adult and to trust you with problems and emotions.
  • Let the child know that they can talk to you about problems and concerns without you reacting and getting angry.
  • Urge your children to tell you about anyone who hurts or scares them or makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Pay careful attention to persons around your children. Keep in mind that even ‘nice’ people, people you trust, can do mean, hurtful or wrong things.
  • Trust your instincts. Refuse to leave your children in the company of those you do not trust, no matter who that person is.
  • Include information about sexual assault when teaching your children about safety.
  • Teach your children, as early as possible, to care for their own needs, such as bathing, dressing and using the toilet.
  • Give your children permission to refuse to obey an older child or adult if they believe what is happening is wrong.