The burden of prevention has been resting for years on the smallest shoulders in our society: the children who are most vulnerable, least powerful, and least likely to be able to protect themselves from a powerful adult. This is especially true when considering that the majority of sexual abuse (93%) happens at the hands of an adult well known to the child. When children are abused by adults they are also confused by the fact that this person is supposed to be a protector, a caretaker, and worthy of trust simply by being an adult (after all, we also teach children to obey adults, which can be very confusing). Child abusers are very often “experts” at emotional manipulation of children, gaining their trust well in advance of the actual abuse
STEP 1: “Learn the facts and understand the risks. Realities – not trust – should influence your decisions regarding your child.”
STEP 2: Minimize Opportunity – “If you eliminate or reduce one-adult/one-child situations, you will dramatically lower the risk of sexual abuse for your child.”
STEP 3: Talk About It – Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it.
STEP 4: Stay Alert – Don’t expect obvious signs when a child is being sexually abused. Signs are often there but you have to spot them.
STEP 5: Make a Plan – Learn where to go, who to call, and how to react.
STEP 6: Act on Suspicions. A child’s well-being may depend on it.
STEP 7: Get involved. Volunteer and financially support organizations that fight the tragedy of abuse:
Read to learn more: Preventing Child Abuse
Blog by: Andrea Flores