Teach Children About Sex Abuse
This is actually sad but educating children about sexual abuse has become necessary.
Below are a few important points that we need to make sure our kids are aware of and understand.
Teach your kids about their body autonomy. It means acknowledging that their body belongs to them only and they get to decide what they want to do with it, as long as they don’t use it to hurt themselves or others.
Teach your kids about body privacy. It means teaching them that their body is private and there are certain parts that no one else is allowed to see or touch.
Explain to them that even doctors should examine their private parts only in the presence of a trusted grown up.
Explain to your kids about what is a “good touch” and what is a “bad touch”. Explain to them what is okay and what is not okay. Use simple examples to make things easier for them to understand.
Tell your kids to report to you if anyone gives them a “bad touch”. Even if the person said it’s “our secret”.
An abuser is more often someone that the child knows or part of the family. So make sure that you are not only talking about strangers while explaining to your kids.
If your child reports any kind of abuse to you, tell them that you believe them and they did the right thing by coming to you. Tell them that they will not be in trouble and that the incident was not their fault.
Children often show us rather than tell us that something is bothering them. We need to learn to notice changes in their behaviour or physical signs.