Signs of Sexual Abuse and How to Respond to It

There’s no absolute checklist that a parent can follow to determine if their child has been sexually abused since symptoms of sexual trauma can vary widely from person to person. However, there are some common signs of sexual abuse that can alert you of something that may have happened and you may need to further […]

How to Manage Blame After Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused

“How could this happen?” This question plagues many parents who discover their child was sexually abused. Like a flashlight is used to discover truth in the dark, our brains use this question to search for answers to our pain. Because, our brain reasons, if you know who is responsible for causing what happened, then you […]

The Importance of the Sex Talk: A Latin American Perspective

I wish I could say that I remember the time my parents had the “big talk” with me, but the truth is that we never actually had it. I was born in the U.S. but in a home where we only spoke Spanish, ate “sopa de res,” and watched Don Francisco every Saturday night, religiously. […]

11 Factors That Increase the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse

It can be overwhelming to navigate through all the risks and dangers that we need to be aware of to keep our children safe. Below you’ll find a list of 11 risk increasers for child sexual abuse, along with tips on how to minimize them. This list is not intended to cause you alarm but […]

How to Talk to Your Child About Sex

Imagine bringing your child home, swaddled up tightly with a little hat on their head, giving them a kiss on their forehead, and then vowing to never speak in front of them. After all, what if you said the wrong thing? Better to never say anything than to say the wrong thing. Would that benefit […]

You Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Your Community

Let’s say that you just learned some really important information about how to keep your child safe from sexual abuse, and you wanted to share it with others in your community. How would you do that? Child sexual abuse can be a sensitive topic and it’s sometimes hard to know what the next step should […]

Not a Parent?: How You Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Cleo was on a lunch break when she heard a chilling statistic: According to a recent study released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in every 4 girls and 1 in every 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18 in the United States.[1] These numbers were like a sucker punch […]

How Little Talks Can Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse

You want to protect your child from sexual abuse. But where do you start? With Little Talks! You can have them at ANY age, starting as young as a newborn. Not sure what to say? Check out all of our Little Talks below to see what you should talk to your child about, no matter […]

Defend Innocence’s 10 Best Blogs of 2018

We share a lot of great information here at Defend Innocence. There’s so much, in fact, that you may be overwhelmed and not sure where to start. This list is a great place to see the blog posts that other parents have found helpful. Child on child sexual abuse (COCSA) makes up about 1/3 of […]