A child that is vulnerable becomes an easy target for predators. They get manipulated and abused. Two results happen when a naïve child is sexually abused. They become compliant with the predator, because they do not know how to speak out about the abuse and the abuse continues. Or they know what is going on and feel guilty and keep letting it happen.
Educating your child against abuse could save them from going through a multitude of serious emotional and physical problems. You cannot protect them 24/7. As a parent it is up to you to open the line of communication. Talk to your child about the dangers of sexual predators and sexual advances.
Jeff Herman is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who founded the Herman Law. In 2013, Jeff Herman was named “Child Advocate of the Year” by KidSafe Foundation during their 4th Annual Fundraiser. He has been referred to in the media as the “Dark Knight”, fighting for the most vulnerable victims.
Jeff Herman has also been referred to as the “legal eagle” and Jeff was considered as the “Go-To-Guy” for sexual abuse lawsuits. Jeff, earning his moniker “Child’s Champion” likes to share some useful tips to protect our children against sexual abuse: Some of them are listed below:
- Keep the Conversation Age Appropriate. Talk to your child about the private parts of their body and that the private parts are off limits to others. Use age appropriate language for each child. This will teach them what’s not acceptable. It will also give them the feeling that sexual problems can be talked about to you at any time.
- Teach Them to Say ‘NO’ Loudly. Jeff Herman believes that if someone is making your child feel uncomfortable, no matter where they are, the child needs to know he or she can say ‘No’ out loud.
- Try and Give Good Examples. Make sure you stress that even family members, coaches, teachers, police officers, and friends can do them harm. No one is allowed to touch them inappropriately or make them feel uncomfortable.
- Do Not Stop Talking. Make sure the sex talk is not a silly situation or that it only happens once. It should be talked about throughout their lives as they grow-up. Keep teaching them the importance of boundaries when it comes to their body. Always insure them that the line of communication is always open to them for any problem.
The Signs of Abuse
Have a good relationship with your children. Know what is going on in their lives. Keep a good eye on the adults and others in your children’s lives. Watch for signs in your child’s moods, regression in behaviors, depression or anger, or them trying to hurt themselves. These are all signs or cry outs for help. See This Article for additional information.