CSAAM 2012 Tweets | April 3

  • Sex Offenses Link to Juveniles – Message from Tulir http://wp.me/p1pP52-eK
  • The topic for today’s tweets on #CSAAM are on how parents can be alert, informed and empower their children to prevent CSA.
  • Communicate with your child. OPEN, HONEST COMMUNICATION MAY BE THE BEST SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION TIP. #CSAAM
  • Communication, early & often, may decrease your child’s vulnerability to abuse & increase the chance they will tell you if they are abused.
  • Always talk to your children about their daily activities. Encourage them to share their concerns and problems with you. #Csaam
  • Teach your children about the body, what abuse is & about sex. (At age appropriate levels of course) #CSAAM
  • Explain that no one has the right to touch them in a way that makes them uncomfortable, including adults whom they know and trust. #CSAAM
  • Teach your children that it’s your job to protect them, and that you can protect them only if they tell you when something is wrong. #CSAAM
  • India has the world’s largest number of sexually abused children, with a child below 16 raped every 155th minute #CSAAM
  • Explain that people who hurt children may tell them to keep it a secret. They may tell the kids their parents will not believe them. #CSAAM
  • Presenting the CSAAM App! http://wp.me/p1pP52-ih
  • Make sure your children understand that if someone does make them feel uncomfortable or confused, you will not blame them. #CSAAM
  • Think carefully before leaving your child alone with one adult. If possible, seek out group situations instead. #CSAAM
  • If you can’t avoid leaving your child in one-adult/one-child situations, drop in unexpectedly. #CSAAM
  • Monitor your children’s Internet use. Abusers may use the Internet to interact privately with children to lure them into physical contact.
  • Please note: CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED OFTEN KEEP IT A SECRET. The following tweets tell us why they do so. #CSAAM
  • CSA In The News – April 3 http://wp.me/p1pP52-ic
  • They are afraid of upsetting or disappointing their parents. They may be too embarrassed to tell their parents. #csaam
  • ‘Emotion of love and affection compelled the convict. ‘Love not a crime’, says Delhi Court.’ by IHM http://wp.me/p1pP52-gl
  • Reason for keeping CSA secret–The abuser may threaten to hurt the child or the child’s family. #csaam
  • Reason for nondisclosure- Children who do not disclose after the 1st encounter may be afraid/ashamed to tell when it happens again. #CSAAM
  • Young children may not understand they need to tell. They are taught to obey adults & abusers tell children the abuse is a “game.” #CSAAM
  • Children may communicate in a roundabout way by saying something such as, “I don’t like to be alone with _______.” #CSAAM
  • They may tell parts of what happened or pretend it happened to someone else to test an adult’s reaction. #CSAAM
  • Keeping My Child Safe: CSAAM April 2012 by Sue http://wp.me/p1pP52-ie
  • Children who do disclose abuse may tell an adult other than a parent. #CSAAM
  • If adults respond emotionally or negatively to a disclosure, children will stop talking about it or future incidents. #CSAAM
  • Before hiring a baby-sitter or enrolling your children in nursery school, day care, pre-K, or camp, check the reputation. #CSAAM
  • Get at least two references from the caregiver. Check all references you get. Talk to parents of the kids already enrolled. #CSAAM
  • When you pick up your child, ask about his or her day. Does your child seem excited and content about how things went? #CSAAM
  • If your child is upset about being left with the caregiver, ask why. Never assume your child is just being difficult. #csaam
  • Communicate with other parents. Talk with them about their experiences with the child care provider. Discuss any problems. #csaam
  • The following tips have been sourced from http://www.homeword.com. #csaam
  • 1. Learn as much information as you can about physical and sexual abuse. #csaam
  • 2. Listen and talk with your children. Good communication is the most important principle in keeping your kids safe from CSA. #CSAAM
  • 3. Teach your kids personal safety rules. Start early with your children (in an age appropriate way) & set clear safety rules for your kids