Teach Your Children Well During Child Abuse Prevention Month

By Laura Fogerty

Apr 17, 2017 | Feature |

Touch can be terrific. It also can be terrifying. Sexual abuse of our children is one of the most horrific things we can think about. But we must face our fears and arm them with good information and skills. We need to teach our children well.

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Statistics tell us that one in four girls and one in five boys will be sexually abused by the time they are 18. More than 90 percent of sexual abusers are people the child knows and trusts. Twenty percent of child sexual abuse victims are younger than 8. Most never tell. These are facts, whether we like them or not.

 Don’t think it can’t happen to your child. You won’t always be there to protect them. Quick “stranger danger” education will not take care of it. Perpetrators can come from our families, churches, or neighborhoods. Sexual abuse cuts across all economic, racial and social levels.
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