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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 … Continue reading

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Step 4 of 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children

Recognize the Signs That Sexual Abuse is Occurring Don’t expect obvious signs when a child is being sexually abused. Signs are often there, but you have to know what to look for. “Is my son’s withdrawal due to preteen angst … Continue reading

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Step 3 of 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children

from Darkness to Light Talk Openly With Children To Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about our bodies, sex, and boundaries. “My daughter tells me everything. I … Continue reading

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Step 2 of 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children

from Darkness to Light… Minimize Opportunity for Child Sexual Abuse If you eliminate or reduce isolated, one-on-one situations between children and adults, and children and other youth, you’ll dramatically reduce the risk of sexual abuse. More than 80% of sexual … Continue reading

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Step 1 of 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children

from Darkness to Light… Learn the Facts and Understand the Risks Realities, Not Trust, Should Influence Your Decisions Regarding Children “We live in a beautiful, safe neighborhood. None of these children could be victims of sexual abuse, right?” It is highly … Continue reading

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What is child sexual abuse?

Any sexual act between an adult and a minor or between two minors when one exerts power over the other. Forcing, coercing or persuading a child to engage in any type of sexual act. This, of course, includes sexual contact. … Continue reading

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What to do if a child discloses abuse to you…

What would you do if a child disclosed abuse to you? Click here to find out what you should and shouldn’t do.

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Family Friendly Internet Sites you might enjoy…

and find educational include: *Children’s Television Workshop: ctw.org; cybekids.com; netsmartz.org; family.com; kidlink.com; kidscom.com; webwisekids.com; dosomething.org; mightymedia.com; preventviolence.org; Youth as Resource: yar.org; For Parents: babycenter.com; parenttime.com; parentsoup.com; kidshealth.org; parentpartners.com

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There are things you can do to protect children…

when you want them to have time alone with another adult. Drop in unexpectedly when the child is alone with any adult, even trusted family members. Make sure outings are observable. Ask the adult about the specifics of the planned … Continue reading

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Think carefully about the safety of situations…

in which older youth have access to younger children. Make sure that multiple adults are present who can supervise. Older or larger youth are perpetrators in at least 40% of sexual abuse incidences. Supervising contact between children and older/bigger youth … Continue reading

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