Thursday, January 26, 2017

Over 90% of sexually abused children are abused by someone known by the child or family.

If you eliminate or reduce potential for children to be in isolated, one-on-one situations with adults or other youth, you dramatically reduce risk.

Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about topics like body safety, sex, and boundaries. One of the best defenses against child sexual abuse is our relationship with children.

Don't expect obvious signs when a child is being sexually abused. Signs are often there, but you have to know what to look for. Emotional or behavioral signals are more common, and may range from "too perfect behavior" to anger and rebellion.

Disclosure, discovery, and suspicions of sexual abuse provide opportunities to intervene on behalf of a child.

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