Step 5 of 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children

React Responsibly to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse

Disclosure, discovery, and suspicions of sexual abuse provide opportunities to intervene on behalf of a child.

“My 11-year-old daughter said her step-father sneaks into her room at night. Then she said she made it up. Now she won’t say anything. I don’t know what to do.”

DISCLOSURE of sexual abuse means a child has chosen you as the person he or she trusts enough to tell. It is the moment when children learn whether others can be trusted to stand up for them.

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