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Sexual abuse is a tragic &
life-changing ordeal to go through. But it does not define the victim.

What can parents do to help prevent child sexual abuse?

This month is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It serves as a reminder of the important role that families and communities can play in protecting children from abuse, including sexual abuse.

What steps can parents take when it comes to child sexual abuse prevention? Below are some examples of such measures:

  • Monitor - It can be important for parents to be aware of and monitor their children’s regular activities, including who they are spending time with. This can especially be key when it comes to their children’s online and cellphone activity.
  • Be WatchfulThings parents should stay on the lookout for include: situations that seem off with their child’s activities, potential “grooming” behaviors by adults that spend time with their kid and signs that their child may have been abused. Parents should trust their instincts in this respect. If something seems off, respond.
  • Learn - Knowledge can be key for parents in protecting their kids. Among the things parents should make sure to ask questions and learn about are what policies the teams, groups and organizations their children participate in have for keeping their kids safe. This can help parents make informed decisions about their children’s activities.
  • Educate - Knowledge can also empower kids to reach out for help when they run into situations they are not comfortable with. Among things parents can teach their children on this front is what kind of touching is and isn’t okay and the difference between good and bad secrets. It is also important for parents to remind their kids that they will always listen to them.

Parents can also play an important role in helping their kids on the path to recovery should sexual abuse occur. Things parents can do on this front include be supportive and reach out for help in getting their children the resources and professional support they need.

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