Tuesday, November 17, 2009

1-800-4-a-child

Educate everyone in the family

* Make sure each family member knows what healthy sexual development in children is, and what sexual behaviors might be of concern.
* Learn to recognize warning signs that a child may have been sexually abused or that an adult, adolescent or child may be touching a child in a sexual way. Some abusive behaviors may not involve touching; for example, showing pornographyi to a child is abusive, even if the child is not touched.
* Teach children the proper names for body parts and what to do if someone tries to touch them in a sexual way.
* Make sure young children know that no one has the right to touch their private parts (unless for medical reasons) and that they should not touch anyone else’s private parts.

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