5 ways to protect your child from sexual abuse

These days the cases of sexual harassment are increasing day by day. Especially in child, the case of sexual abuse is increases. Child sexual abuse is defined as sexual activity with a child by an adult, adolescent or older child. If any adult engages in sexual activity with a child, that is sexual abuse and it is a big crime. If another child or adolescent engages in sexual activity with a child, a grey area enters where some sexual behavior is an innocent exploration rather than abuse. In most cases of child abuse, the culprit is a relative or a known person. As a result, children easily came under his influence.  Here are 5 ways that help you to protect your child from such abuse.

Explain to them about Private Parts:  The hesitation in talking about the private part is a vague concept and the main reason why various children remain unaware of the happening. Name private body parts and talk about them very early. Use proper names for body parts, or at least teach your child what the actual words are for their body parts. Make your child comfortable using these words and made them aware of the fact that nobody can see it part as it is private.

Abuse is not a secret: Most of the culprits tell the child to keep the abuse a secret and tell them not to share with their parents or anyone. Educate your kids that no matter what anyone tells them, body secrets are not okay and if someone touches their private part intentionally and unintentionally share them immediately with you. 

How to react: Tell your child if you are not feeling good or uncomfortable with anyone's touching or if something that feels wrong is happening then educate your child on how to to get out of uncomfortable situations. Tell your child that if someone wants to see or touch private then what the possible steps they can take?

Tell them the difference between Good and bad touch: Many parents and books talk about “good touch and bad touch. Good touches do not hurt or feel bad but bad touched does. I prefer the term “secret touch,” as it is a more accurate depiction of what might.

Careful  Surveillance: Be watchful, About 40% of all child sexual abuse is perpetrated by other juveniles during playdates, sleepovers, family gatherings, etc. Create an open door policy when kids are playing and minimize opportunities for isolation. Check-in regularly and unexpectedly. Prior to playdates, remind your child about consent and body safety. 

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