How can I help my children to avoid sexual abuse

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  • Teach your children about the possibility that they may be touched sexually, and how to tell the difference between touching that is affectionate and touching that is sexual.
  • If possible, have girls and boys sleep separately, especially after age 10 or 11 years old.
  • Make sure your children know who they can talk to if something should happen to them.
  • Believe a child who says he or she feels uncomfortable around an adult or older child—no matter who that person is.
  • Sometimes sexual abuse of children continues for many years. A girl may be told that she will be harmed or even killed if she tells anyone about it.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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