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9 things you must teach your child about child abuse


We never think that our child could be sexually abused. We know the possibility is real, we know the numbers are alarming; but still we push the thought of anything of this sort happening with our children out of our minds.

    General Facts:-

  • The global prevalence of child sexual abuse has been estimated at 19.7% for females and 7.9% for males.
  • 90% of child sexual abuse victims know their abusers.
  • Most molestations of children occurs in a residence, typically that of the victim or perpetrator (84% for children under age 12).
  • About 1 in 10 children experience child sexual abuse before they turn 18.
  • Effects of child sexual abuse vary from depression and anxiety to complex post-traumatic stress disorder and psychological trauma.

Though it is true that we can’t keep them safe in a nutshell at all times, but we surely can take a few steps to prevent the occurrence of these incidences.

  • 1. Be Involved in Your Child’s Life: Show interest in their day-to-day life, get to know the people your child interacts with, choose trustworthy custodians and know the warning signs.
  • 2. Talk to Your Children about Body Parts: Use proper names for body parts when you talk to them. So, that whenever they talk something about it, you know exactly what they are trying to convey.
  • 3. Teach Them About Private Body Parts: Tell them what exactly are private parts and why exactly they are called so. Explain them that parents can see them without their clothes on, but people outside the house cannot. Try to give them a proper answer for all their WHYs?
  • 4. Educate Your Child About Body Boundaries: Tell them that no one should touch their private parts and that no one should ask them to touch their private parts.
  • 5. Tell Them That Nobody Should Take Pictures Of Their Private Parts: Tell your children that no one should ever take a picture of their private parts.
  • 6. Tell Them That Body Secrets And Secret Touch Is Not Okay: Tell your children that body secrets are not okay and they should tell you if anyone ever asks them to keep one.
  • 7. Encourage Your Child To Share Anything & Everything with you: Build trust by always being all ears whenever they have anything to say, so that they are comfortable in talking about every topic. Tell them that they’ll not get into trouble if they share anything of this sort with them. Believe your child.
  • 8. Be Wary Of Signs: Notice all the physical, mental, emotional, psychological and social changes in your children’s behaviour, small or big. Know when your children need counseling or help.
  • 9. Take Action If You Suspect/Know of Any Abuse: If you suspect that someone is a threat to your child or any other child, contact police or department of social services in your locality.

Though these steps alone will not be enough to ensure the security of your child, but knowledge surely is a powerful defense. Especially, with young kids who are targeted because of their innocence and ignorance. Have discussions about it with your children as many natural number of times as you can to reiterate the message.