The % of abuse that happens at home or with people that are known to the children far out ways the “stranger danger” myth. It’s a desturbing reality!
The biggest step a parent can take in helping their children is to make sure your kids actually speak to you. Keeping that open line of conversation is such an important key. But don’t base it on what you think, make sure you base it on what you actually hear your kids sharing with you, base it on fact.
I read these tips the other day and figured they might help all of us keep conversations with kids open and continually happening.
- Ask them what was the good thing about their day, what was the bad thing about their day. (Use questions that require more than just a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’)
- What is covered by their swimsuit is their personal space and it’s their body. And, they have the right to say no to anyone trying to invade that space. (known as the swimsuit method)
Some warning signs – trouble sitting or standing, hesitancy in changing clothes, shyness around adults, or a sudden change in behavior or personality.
Sexual abuse is not something children are typically going to lie about. If your child comes to you about being abused, the best thing you can do is believe them and report it.
Let them know that it’s not their fault.
If someone tries to approach them or tries to touch them in an inappropriate way, run and come let me someone know.