Despite what you may have learned in school, “stranger danger” is not the risk that it’s thought to be. 90 percent of the time a perpetrator of child sexual abuse is a friend, family member, or close acquaintance. But how do you know if your child is at risk? The following materials will educate you on typical perpetrator grooming patterns so that you know what to look for and how to protect your child.
We’ve created resources based on research and best practices to help you inform yourself about the risks of child sexual abuse and learn what you can do to protect your child. Explore our materials for information, activities, conversation starters, and everything else you need to educate and empower yourself, your family, and your friends and neighbors to stop sexual abuse.
TEACHING HEALTHY SEXUALITY
One key way to prevent child sexual abuse is teaching your kids about healthy sexuality. Having accurate information gives your child understanding and power, and you are the best place for them to learn and get answers to their questions. Our materials will help you know what and when to teach your kids about their bodies, relationships, and sexuality, and our easy-to-follow activities will show you how.
GIVING YOUR CHILD A VOICE
Sexual abuse occurs when people are silent. Giving your child a voice empowers them to trust how they feel in situations and effectively express their thoughts. Use these materials to teach your kids that they have a say in how they interact with people, especially physically, and that they can come to you with questions and concerns.