Sexual Child Abuse

Five Steps to protect our children from sexual abuse:

  1. Learn the facts
  2. Minimize opportunity
  3. Talk about it
  4. Recognize the signs
  5. React responsibly

(Click here to see these steps on the website Darkness to Light.)

Teach your children to never give out personal information online or meet anyone in person whom they have met online.

Increase adults’ awareness and knowledge of child sexual abuse and teach actions adults can take to protect children at your church, children's school, etc.

  • For younger children, pay attention to who takes care of them (baby sitters, nursery teachers and others) Usually they are fine but there are some very dangerous ones.
  • Teach children to identify support groups, with people they trust. This way if one trusted person abuses them, they can rely on other trusted adults.
  • Teach children never to keep secrets.
  • Teach them the difference between "good" and "bad" touches.
  • Teach young school-aged children about sexual abuse and the dangers.
  • Teach them to be brave to report it if it happens.
  • Teach teenagers how to avoid rape and date rape.
  • Constantly supervise your children's activities and be extra vigilant.
  • If your child has a learning disability, or any disability that prevents her/him to make sound judgements, try not to leave her/alone alone with others in secluded places.

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

  • Don't purchase or view child pornography
  • Contact sellers of child pornography and ask them to stop selling it

CHILD PROSTITUTION

  • Don't engage in sex with prostitutes that are/may be children
  • Report suspected child prostitution to police
  • Be aware of young men or women who may be runaways; help them find a safe haven

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