Preventing Sexual Abuse in Children

» Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Preventing Sexual Abuse in Children

One of the scariest thoughts for a parent to process is that his or her child is a victim of sexual abuse. Although many parents feel that their child will never be touched by sexual abuse, statistics show that an alarming one in three girls, and one in seven boys will at some point be sexually abused by the age of 18. This is shocking and disheartening to say the least. There are things that parents and adults in general can do to safeguard our youth from sexual abuse. Read below for tips on keeping kids safe from sexual abuse.

  • Supervise your children while with other adults, and limit their exposure to adult one-on-one interaction. Sadly, 90% of the time children are sexually abused by a trusted family member. To protect your child avoid exposing your children to extended periods of time alone with one relative. If leaving your child in the care of a family member, try to make it a group effort rather than a one-on-one situation.
  • Understand that the risk of your child being sexually abused goes up with their age, not down. most people assume that sexual abuse would be more common among younger children because they will not remember it, or will not be able to vocalize what happened. However, statistics from the AACAP show that children that are  12 years of age  are 25% more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than a toddler. So don’t assume that because your child is more mature they are less likely to be victimized. All children should be protected, and the risk for abuse only goes up with age.
  • Adults are not the only possible perpetrators of sexual abuse. According to the AACAP, about 35% of sexual abuse to children is committed by other juveniles. Again, it is important to monitor and supervise your children. Even if playing with other children, you should check in on them. You cannot just assume that they are safe because they are with other children.
  • Always listen to what your children are telling you. This is the most important thing that you can do as a parent. Do not discount something alarming that your child tells you. If your child says he or she doesn’t like going to a certain relatives, ask more questions. If you see that your child exhibits anxiety or bad behavior after being around certain people talk to them. Parents often disregard what their children are saying about adults as nonsense, and this is a huge mistake. If your child is trying to tell you that they are uncomfortable with something, you must listen.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse, Alpha can help provide support to help you heal and overcome sexual abuse. If you are interested in meeting with an Alpha therapist, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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