Talking about sexual abuse may seem overwhelming but you can do it.
Child sexual abuse is an epidemic problem in our county that affects families from all back grounds and socioeconomic status. As caregivers of children we play an important role in helping end sexual violence. By taking time to learn the facts and talk to your children openly about personal safety and sexual violence you break the silence around sexual abuse and enhance their protection by empowering them with knowledge.
Talking to your child shows them you care, and you are a safe person to come to if something happened.
Approximately 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by age 18.
In up to 90 percent of all child sexual abuse cases, the child knew the offender.
Emotional manipulation is one of the most common strategies used by a perpetrator. ‘Perps’ often groom victims –a process of earning the child’s trust.
Children may not tell anyone about abuse for many reasons including:
• They know the person and don’t want to get them in trouble.
• They don’t have the words to tell what happened.
• Fear of retaliation
• Fear of not being believed
• They blame themselves (this so often the case)
• They believe the offender’s behavior is normal
If you would like to learn more about how to keep your kids safe by taking simple, proactive steps to help protect children give us a call and sign up for a free Stewards of Children training in Chewelah.
Trainer/Facilitator is Linda Daniels-Norris from Family Support Center, a program of Rural Resources. 685 6096