If you think your child may have been sexually abused, it is okay to talk to your child about it.
You may first want to access some resources to learn more about child sexual abuse, such as The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet at http://www.nctsn.org/nccts/asset.do?id=1216.
It is important to remain calm in speaking to children who may have been sexually abused. You can ask children directly if anyone has touched their bodies in a way that they did not like or has forced them to do things that they did not want to do.
If you are concerned about talking to your child about abuse, you might want to seek help from your child’s pediatrician or a mental health provider who is knowledgeable about child sexual abuse.
–Excerpt from the Child Sexual Abuse Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Parents are surrounded by messages about child sexual abuse. Talk shows and TV news warn parents about dangers on the Internet, at school and at home. However, parents don’t get much advice on how to talk to their children if they are concerned that sexual abuse is occurring.
Talk to your child directly.
Build a trusting relationship with your child.
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