Unfortunately, many painful experiences can happen to children on the way to adulthood. Sometimes they are accidental and sometimes they are inflicted deliberately by family members, acquaintances or strangers.
We teach children to avoid our stereotypes of dangerous strangers. We may be overlooking a more likely source of trouble. Often, the offender is a family member or an acquaintance. We are reluctant to report the offense because we don’t want to get that person in trouble. Recent California legislation makes it mandatory for most people to report known cases of child abuse.
These cases of abuse can range from neglect to severe physical punishment. All too often sexual abuse or exploitation of both girls and boys will be involved.
Remember, if you know of any case of abuse or exploitations and do not report it to authorities, you are not helping the victim or the offender. And you may be in violation of the law.
We are including a list of do’s and don’ts to help you in the role of being a responsible adult, either as a parent or someone who works with children. Listen and talk with your children. Perhaps the most important critical child sexual abuse prevention strategy for parents is good communication with your children.
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