Speaking up can be an empowering first step towards healing for sexual violence
It may be difficult to understand why sexual survivors often stay silent. The main
reasons are a fear of being judged or not being believed, repeat abuse and physical
harm. Often parents don’t talk to their children about prevention of sexual abuse at an
early enough age. However, if managed correctly conversations about sexuality
and safety shouldn’t be daunting to children or adults. Here are ten ideas that could
help your educate your child about sexual abuse.
1. Openly discuss the body and sexuality at an early age
2. Teach them that some body parts are private
3. Teach your children the body has boundaries
4. Ask your child to share any problems about their body and not keep secrets
5. Inform your children that no one should take pictures of their private parts.
6. Teach your child how to get out of scary or uncomfortable situations.
7. Have a code word your children can use when they feel unsafe
8. Tell you children that they will never be in trouble if they tell you about
9. Remind them that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.
10.Tell your child that these rules apply even with people they know and even
their friends and peers
Education is a powerful deterrent to sexual abuse, especially for young children
who are targeted due to their innocence and naivety.
Author Zay Lynn