Protect Your Child
Any child could be the victim of sexual abuse. You can help protect your child by:
- Respecting and supporting your child’s choice to NOT kiss other adults, even grandparents, aunts and uncles.
- Teaching your child that we do not say “I love you” to everybody–only to people who are really special in our lives.
- Teaching the real names of body parts. Teaching that “private parts” are the parts of your body covered by underwear and bathing suits.
- Letting your child know that grown-ups are not always right. There are times when it is OK to say NO to a grown-up. Allow your child to say no to you sometimes.
- Helping your child know that children never “make” grown-ups do anything. The adult is always responsible for his/her own actions.
- Making time to listen to your child. Let him/her tell you about the things that bother or upset him/her. BELIEVE what your child is saying.
- Teaching your child about touch that is good and touch that is WRONG.
- Use role-play to help your child fully understand how others may trick him/her to get what they want.
- Remembering that your child needs practice and reminders to really learn.
- Help your child make a list of grown-ups that he/she can trust if he/she needs help.
- Knowing the people who are with your child. Meet your child’s friends and their parents. Know who will be with your child when you are not and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If a person or situation makes you uncomfortable, don’t think you have to accept it.
- Monitor your child’s computer activities. Know with whom he/she is chatting online.
Things to say to your child:
- I love you.
- That’s great!
- You look terrific.
- You’re very special.
- I like your smile.
- Let’s talk.
- How can we fix it?
- Give it your best.
- I am so proud of you.
- I believe you can do it.
- Thanks for your help.
- Don’t give up.
- You are what matters.
- You are not alone.
- We can do it together.