90% of Child Sexual Abuse Victims Know Their Perpetrator

90% of Child Sexual Abuse Victims Know Their Perpetrator

Many kids have been told not to talk to strangers, but sometimes it’s the people they know who can hurt children the most. 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator and 68% are abused by family members. In America, 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 6 men report experiencing sexual abuse as children. I remember my mother teaching me that the private parts of my body were for me alone. She always said that if anyone made me uncomfortable by touching me, that I should report it to her right away, even if it was my father. Although this was my mother’s strategy, this is not the only way to keep kids safe. Here are some tips to prevent children from becoming victims: Establish firm guidelines around the use of technology. Keep interactions as public as possible and model safe behavior. This applies to websites, email, instant messaging, social networking, and cellphones. Teach children the proper names of...
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Show you CARE, help prevent sexual assault.

Show you CARE, help prevent sexual assault.

Create a distraction Do what you can to interrupt the situation. A distraction can give the person at risk a chance to get to a safe place. Jump into the conversation with a diversion like, "Let's get pizza, I'm starving," or "This party is lame. Let's try somewhere else." Ask directly Talk directly to the person who might be in trouble. Ask questions like "Who did you come here with?" or "Would you like me to stay with you?" Refer to an authority Sometimes the safest way to intervene is to refer to a neutral party with the authority to change the situation, like a security guard, bartender or college dorm RA. Seek out someone in authority and let them know about your concerns. Don't hesitate to call 911 if you are concerned for someone else's safety. Enlist others It can be intimidating to approach a situation alone. Enlist another person to step in with you. Bring a friend to talk to the person at risk, or...
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