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Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Abuse

Any parents worst nightmare would be for their child to be sexually abused. Unfortunately, this is far too common, but the good news is there are many things parents can do to help minimize this risk by knowing the warning signs, talking to your kids early about prevention, and being savvy. 

The Magnitude of the Problem

Did you know that...
  • One in three girls and one in seven boys are sexually abused before age 18. (1)
  • It is estimated that more than 300,000 children are sexually abused every year (2)
  • In 90% of child sexual abuse cases, the child knows and trust the person who sexually abuses them. (3) 
  • One if five adults report that they were sexually abused as children, an experience that increases vulnerability to depression, and other difficulties. (4)
  • More than 85% of adults who were abused say they never reported the abuse to authorities. (5)

Adults have to learn to recognize when people are acting inappropriately around children and to speak up before a child is...

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