In the face of increasing predatory behavior toward children, and rising incidences of child sexual abuse, parents and guardians need to inform kids about the dangers they may face. Education is the key.
Children often experience devastating psychological effects as a result of sexual abuse, sometimes blaming themselves and wondering what they did wrong. Parents should look for the following behavioral changes in the child that may indicate abuse.
Acting out sexually
Regression to bed wetting or thumb sucking
Inordinate fear of people or places
Parents should also pay close attention to their child’s internet activity and pay strict attention to any interaction the child may have with adults in person. Sexual predators are sometimes very subtle and manipulative. Naive and trusting children are no match for an experienced abuser. Parents have to be vigilant and have frank, honest conversations with their children.
Keeping the lines of communication open is critical. Nationally-recognized Attorney Jeff Herman gives advice on how to speak to children about abuse.
Keep It Age Appropriate
Start early, use easy to understand language
Teach Them To Say “NO”
No one has the right to touch them or make them uncomfortable
People who act friendly are not always friends
Don’t Stop Talking
Keep the dialogue open
Jeff Herman is an advocate for survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. His primary mission and, that of the attorneys at the Boca Raton law firm, Herman Law, is to help the victims of these horrible crimes.
He has won a $100 million dollar verdict for a victim who was abused by a priest, and has exposed sexual abuse by clergy in dioceses throughout the country, most notably, the scandal at the Archdiocese of Miami. Jeff Herman also represented men in the nationally-reported sexual abuse lawsuit against Kevin Clash, the former Elmo puppeteer.
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