Parents teach their young children many ways to keep themselves safe. But generally parents avoid teaching the kids about body safety until they become much older. Research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that one in half-dozen boys and one in four girls get sexually abused before reaching the age of eighteen. Although there is no reliable way to protect children from sexual abuse, here are 10 proven strategies to save a child from sexual abuse.
10 methods to save your kids from sexual abuse
Talk about body parts early
Talk to your children about body parts very early and use actual names for body parts. Teach your child what the real words are for their body parts. If a child feels comfortable using these words and knows what they mean, then he/she can talk plainly whether improper things have happened.
Make your child understand that some of the body parts are private because they are not for everyone to see. Tell them that only mommy and daddy can see them naked but not anyone else. People outside of the home should only see them with their clothes on except the doctor. Because the doctor can check their body and mommy or daddy or both are there with them.
Moreover, teach your child about body boundaries like no one should touch their private parts and that no one should ask them to touch somebody else’s private parts.
Awareness about Picture of Private Body parts
Tell your child not to allow anyone to take pictures of their private parts. Most of the parents missed this part. They may not imagine such a thing can happen. In this whole world, there are some sick people called groomers who love to take and trade pictures of naked children online. This is a global problem and it puts your child at risk. So, tell your child not to allow anyone to take pictures of their private parts.
Show interest in your child’s day-to-day life
Be engaged in the child’s life. If you cordially engage in the child’s life, the sexual abuse of your child can be more clear to you and the child also feel easier coming to you if something unexpected happens. Be friendly with your child. Question them like:
- What did they do during the day and who did they do it with?
- Who did they sit with at lunchtime?
- What games did they play after school?
- Did they enjoy themselves?