Last updated: October 13, 2015
The Jerry Sandusky case opened the floodgates for sex abuse news headlines around the country. Over the last few years, countless people have been investigated and charged with child sex abuse. In addition, there have been many civil lawsuits filed – the Boy Scouts scandal and the Los Angeles school district sex abuse scandal, to name a few.
More recently, there has been an increase in reports of sexual abuse by educators such as teachers, coaches and even principals. In 2014 and 2015, over a dozen educators in Pennsylvania were arrested and charged with various acts of abuse.
As the news headlines increase, more and more children are stepping forward and reporting sexual abuse. Overall, this can help prevent abuse. Abusers rely on their victims’ silence, and now that parents are talking more openly about sexual abuse with their children, those who would abuse children may be less likely to do so for fear of getting caught.
This does not mean however, that parents should lower their guards. Child sex abuse is particularly devastating on many levels and in ways many of us will never fully appreciate. One tip is to teach your child that certain other children and adults have a “touching” problem and must be helped by reporting any inappropriate touching.
Parents should also consider talking to their kids in detail about how sexual abusers operate – what tactics they may try. Read more about tactics used by child molesters. Sexual predators often give gifts to their victims. One thing most children can understand is that any time an adult gives them a gift, they must tell their parents about it. Children should be taught that while it is appropriate to get gifts on special occasions like Christmas and birthdays, gifts at other times must not be given in secret.
The more information our society has to combat child sex abuse, the better. Read our related articles:
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