Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre_Parent Support Handbook

. . . . . Sexual Abuse Prevention Tips

• Open communication about sexuality and sexual abuse

teaches children that you are a safe person to talk to, ask questions of, and express concerns to. • Start early and talk often. It is best to incorporate these lessons into everyday routine conversations, to repeat the information numerous times, and restate the information when contextually appropriate (e.g., reminding child of touching rules before babysitter comes over). • Teach children the names for their body parts, about what abuse is and, when age-appropriate, about sex. • Use anatomically correct language when teaching children about their private parts and avoid labeling private parts as ‘yucky’ or ‘disgusting’. This provides them with the language they need to comfortably ask questions and express concerns.

Talk Openly About Sexuality and Sexual Abuse Openly

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Making your child aware of the dangers of sexual abuse will NOT TRAUMATIZE them but PREPARE them to protect themselves!

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