Teach Children How to Prevent Sexual Abuse
When abused, most children may not tell their parents because they may be threatened by the abuse abuser or they may not know they are being abused…more often than not their abusers are people close to them and maybe even relatives.
But, how can we help the innocent children how to spot and stop abuse in the instance that it occurs?
First and foremost, children should be taught from a very early age that their bodies are private. Tricky? Yes. Younger ones need to be bathed and dressed. As a mother, you should do this for your child and teach them that their ‘privates’ are just that, private.
When being bathed, show them that one should not spend a lot ad time washing the ‘privates’ or unnecessary touch them.
They should also be taught and told that there are ways that a person should not touch them. If it happens they should inform you. Tell them the difference between ‘good’ games and ‘bad’ ones, since some abusers pretend to be playing.
More often the abusers are known to them. How can you as a parent make sure that your child will tell you if it happens?
Talk to them always about the issue casually and don’t let it sound like an interrogation, that way if anything has happened the child will open up. And in case it has happened, tell the child that you still love them and it wasn’t their fault that someone hurt them.
A parent’s primary job is to protect a child. One will not always be there with the child, but equipping the child with the correct ‘armor’ and a prayer will keep the child safe.
This article was written by Grace Indoshi @grace_indoshi1