Tips to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse

The following five safety tips from RAINN(Rape,Abuse and Incest National Network)
focus on practical things parents can do to
protect children from sexual abuse.

1. Talk.
Talk often with your child and set a tone of
openness. Talking openly and directly will let
your child know that it’s okay to talk to you
when they have questions. If your child
comes to you with concerns or questions,
make time to listen and talk to them.

2. Teach.
Teach your child key safety principles. For
instance:

¤Teach children the names of their body
parts so that they have the language to ask
questions and express concerns about
those body parts.

¤If your child is uncomfortable or if someone
is touching them, s/he should
tell a trusted adult immediately.

¤Let your children know that if someone is
touching them or talking to
them in ways that make them
uncomfortable that it shouldn’t stay a secret.

3. Empower.

Your child should know that s/he has the
right* *to* *speak up if they are
uncomfortable, or if someone is touching
them. It’s okay to say “no” even to adults
they know and family members.

4. Implement.

Implement Internet safety protocols, and
parental controls through platforms such as
the Google Family Safety Center. Work with
older children to set guidelines for who they
can talk to online, and what information can
be shared. For instance, be cautious when
leaving status or away messages online and
when using the “check-in” feature on
Facebook or Foursquare.

5. Educate.

Educate yourself about the warning signs of
childhood sexual abuse. Know what to look
for, and the best way to respond.

Read more on online.rainn.org

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