10 Ways To Talk To Your Kids About Sexual Abuse.
The idea of someone molesting your child is terrifying for any parent (unless the parent is the child molester, which is 37% of the time).
The pain, fear, and trauma they may experience at such a young age are frightening to consider. It’s enough to make any parent freak out and want to never ever think about it again.
And then we hope it will just never happen to our little girl or boy.
Except your daughter has a 1 in 4 chance and your son has a 1 in 6 chance of being molested before the age of 18.
I know you don’t want to hear it or believe it. But it’s true.
And these statistics are too high for any parent to risk staying uninformed about the reality of child sexual abuse and not talking to their child about it.
On top of that, the majority of children never report sexual abuse when it’s happening. They’re often afraid of their parents’ reactions or fear getting into trouble. They don’t know how to explain what happened to them or believe what the abuser told them to keep them quiet.
Now, you can never protect your child fully from ever being molested. But you can do a lot to reduce your child’s vulnerability to sexual abuse and increase the chances they’ll tell you after something happens.
You just need to talk to them directly about it and do it many times.