CSP Spotlight: National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Talk About It Featured

CSP Spotlight: National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Talk About It Community Service Programs of West Alabama

Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it. Here are some ways to talk openly with your child.

  • Teach your child that it is your job to protect him.
  • Teach your child that it is not her responsibility to protect others.
  • Demonstrate daily that you will not be angry, no matter what your child tells you about any aspect of his life.
  • Listen quietly. Children have a hard time telling parents about troubling events.
  • Teach your child about her body, about what abuse is and, as age-appropriate, about sex. Teach her words that help her discuss sex comfortably with you.
  • Teach your child that it is against the "rules" for adults to act in a sexual way with children and use examples.
  • Start early and talk often. Use everyday opportunities to talk about sexual abuse.

Know How Children Communicate:

  • Children who do disclose sexual abuse often tell a trusted adult other than a parent. Therefore, training for people who work with children in any capacity is very important.
  • Children may tell "parts" of what happened or pretend it happened to someone else to gauge adult reaction.
  • Children will often "shut down" and refuse to tell more if you respond emotionally or negatively.
  • If your child does not talk to you, don't think it's a sign of poor parenting.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.

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