5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT CHILD SEX ABUSE
1. Be Involved: Be interested in your child’s activities. Ask your child about the people they go to school with or play with. If your child is involved in sports, go to games and practices. Get to know the other parents and coaches.
2. Teach children early and often that there are No Secrets between children and their parents, and that they should feel comfortable talking with their parents about anything — good or bad, fun or sad, easy or difficult.
3. Talk about the media. As children age, create an environment at home in which sexual topics can be discussed comfortably. Use news items and publicized reports of child sexual abuse to start discussions of safety, and reiterate that children should always tell a parent about anyone who is taking advantage of them sexually.
4. Teach children to Be Aware of adults who offer children special gifts or toys, or adults who want to take your child on a “special outing” or to special events.
5. Be Available: Make time to spend with your child. Let them know they can come to you if they have questions or if someone is talking to them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.