Protect and Teach

Steps to Protect Your Children:

  • MAKE TIME for your children, read to them, play with them, talk to them.
  • HUG YOUR CHILDREN but NEVER force them to hug or kiss you or anyone else.
  • Tell them you LOVE them OFTEN.
  • SHOW them THEY are important to you.
  • LISTEN to them.
  • BE INVOLVED with your childrenís friends. Know who they play with, what they like to do, where they play, whoís around when they are playing.
  • BE INVOLVED in school and after school activities. Know the adults responsible for organizing these activities.
  • CHECK-IN, unannounced, on sitters and other adults involved with your kids.
  • KEEP AN EYE ON INTERNET ACTIVITY. The Internet is a DANGEROUS PLACE. Children are easily lured by strangers on the net.
  • PAY ATTENTION to changes in behavior Ė itís an easy way for children to signal that something isnít right.
  • DONíT ASSUME your children are fine. Ask them OFTEN and LISTEN.

What to Teach Children:

  • The difference between safe and unsafe touches.
  • Sexual abusers can be women or men, boys or girls.
  • Sexual abuse can be touching or non-touching.
  • Sexual abuse does not have to hurt.
  • Sexual abusers trick and force children into sexual activity.
  • Sexual abusers say lots of things to silence children.
  • The proper names for all body parts, so kids will be able to communicate clearly.
  • Their bodies belong to them and nobody has the right to touch them or hurt them  - EVER.
  • Safety rules apply to all adults and children, not just strangers.
  • Itís okay to say ďnoĒ to requests that make them feel uncomfortable.
  • A safety plan they can easily follow.
  • To report to you if anyone asks them to keep a secret.
  • You will believe and protect them if they tell you about abuse.
  • They are not bad or to blame for sexual abuse.
  • Sexual abuse is NEVER the childís fault.

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