6 Ways To Talk To Your Kids About Sexual Abuse
April: It’s not just about the thirst-quenching showers that bring about the blooming May flowers; no, it’s more profound than that. Most parents may be unaware that sexual violence is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men. However, have you contemplated the research done by the Crimes Against Children Research Center? It shows that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.
These children who are the victims of prolonged sexual abuse usually develop low self-esteem, a feeling of worthlessness and an abnormal or distorted view of sex. The child may also become withdrawn and mistrustful of adults. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, Krav Maga Worldwide, a leading self-defense organization, is offering parents tips on what to teach their children if they are involved in an attack and also tips for preventing attacks.
As uncomfortable as this topic may be, here are some tips to take to heart to protect your children starting as young as two years old.
1. Start the conversation early
In fact, begin talking to them as early as 2 years of age. This may seem very early but children under 12 are most at risk. Even if they can’t speak well, children at this age are busy figuring out the world. And they certainly understand and remember a lot more than adults usually realize.
2. Discuss when private parts can be seen and touched
An age appropriate concept for a young child to understand is that nobody – including a parent or caregiver – should see or touch their private parts (what a swimming suit covers up) – unless they’re keeping them clean, safe, or healthy.
3. Talk openly about sexuality and sexual abuse
Teach your child that these topics do not need to be “secret.” Abusers will sometimes tell a child that the abuse should be kept a secret. Let your child know that if someone is touching him or her or talking to him or her in ways that make him or her uncomfortable or scared, that it should not stay a secret.
4. Inform your child about the tricks used by sexual predators
Tricks such as continued accidental touching, or an emergency trick where the predator tricks the child into thinking there is an emergency and the child must go with the predator.
5. Encourage kids to trust their inner voice
Especially “that yucky feeling” we all have inside that tells us what feels right and what feels wrong or uncomfortable. Many children who have been sexually abused describe a feeling of discomfort as having a “yucky” feeling inside. You must teach your child to trust or honor their inner voice or that “yucky” feeling.
6. Remind your child that they have the right to say NO!
As the majority of child abuse is based on coercion rather than force, teaching your child to say NO strongly and forcefully really can make a big difference in many situations.
Founded in 1997 to promote Krav Maga throughout the United States and around the world, Krav Maga Worldwide trains and certifies instructors and licenses over 150 authorized Krav Maga Worldwide training centers in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South America, and Europe, as well as over 800 law enforcement agencies and military units.
Krav Maga offers the highest caliber of instruction to thousands of people, supporting the company’s core commitment to improving and saving lives. Krav Maga Worldwide continues to develop, promote and implement self-defense and fitness programs. The information contained herein are the best tips given for parents and caretakers alike. For additional information, visit their site.
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