How do you teach young children about inappropriate touch without scaring them? A great place to begin for preschoolers is by reading the book My Body Belongs to Me. It's a simple children's story with the message that if someone touches you inappropriately, tell.
Another resource for parents is the Darkness to Light website which describes 5 steps for preventing sexual abuse:
- Learn the facts
- Minimize opportunity
- Talk about it
- Recognize the signs
- React Responsibly
By understanding the facts and proactively talking to our children, we reduce the likelihood that they will be a sexual abuse victim.
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