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Talking to Your Child About Sexual Abuse

Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Abuse

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Question:

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?

Answer:

It is helpful for parents to keep in mind that:

  • You, as a parent or adult, may be more uncomfortable or frightened by this than your children are;

  • We provide safety information to our children in a number of other areas. (You can draw a parallel between teaching kids to "drop and roll" if clothes catch on fire (which is a pretty scary thought) or teaching kids to cross the street by looking both ways so they are not run over (which is also a pretty scary thought.)

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