Protect Your Children From Sexual Abuse

      According to, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have been or will be assaulted during their lifetime. Most of the victims are children.

      Fifteen percent of the victims are under age 12, and 29% are between ages 12 to 17.

      Girls between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely than anyone else to be victims of sexual assault. A lot of this has to do with dating violence.

      Here are some ways to avoid this:

      1. Explain to your child that God made their body.

      An explanation can look something like, “Every part of your body is good, and some parts of your body are private.”

      2. Teach proper names of private body parts.

      This knowledge gives children correct language for understanding their bodies, for asking questions that need to be asked, and for telling about any behavior that could lead to sexual abuse.

      3. Invite your child’s communication.

      Let your child know they can tell you if anyone touches them in the private areas or in any way that makes them feel uncomfortable no matter who the person is. It doesn’t matter even if it’s areas not covered by a bathing suit. Tell your child they will not be in trouble if they tell you they’ve been touched inappropriately. Tell them you would instead be proud of them for telling you and that you will help them through the situation.

      To read some more ways to protect your children from this, click here.