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Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Assault and Abuse

FAQ About Megan's Law

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Protecting your child from sexual assault or helping your child if they have been sexually abused can be traumatic and confusing. Many people share the same questions and concerns. Here are frequently asked question and feedback about the topic of child abuse and sexual assault.
  • I do not want to talk to my children about sexual abuse, because I do not want to frighten them. Is this really the right thing to do?
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  • I am concerned that I really cannot tell who is and who is not a sex offender.
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  • How will I know if I can believe allegations about sexual assault–do people make false accusations?
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  • I am very concerned about protecting my child from this type of crime. In fact, I think if my child were a victim, I do not know how I could possibly handle it.
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  • How can children ever recover from such an experience?
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  • I have heard that sometimes children willingly participate in sexually abusive activities, and that they are partially to blame.
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  • With everything that parents hear about the dangers of abuse, how can you possibly avoid being overprotective with your children?
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  • How will I know if my child is a victim? The thought that my child might actually be a victim and I might not know it is very worrisome to me.
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  • Is the court process terribly traumatic for child victims? Might it be worse than the abuse itself?
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  • If my child were a victim of sexual abuse, would talking about it with my child afterwards make it worse?
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  • If I suspect someone in my family of sexually abusing my child or another child in my family or neighborhood, what should I do? Should I confront them?
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  • What do I do, or whom do I tell, if I am sexually assaulted or my child is sexually abused?
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  • If I am sexually assaulted I do not think that I could ever recover.
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  • I do not know how to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted.
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  • Is sexual offending on the increase or is there just more reporting?
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