Protecting children from sexual abuse

Dr. Jay Adlersberg, video report for  Eyewitness News:

Working in this field for decades, Dr. Mchugh is a firm believer in prevention.

"Once people realize that you have to talk about it, we're gonna prevent it," she said.

What parents need to know, says Dr. McHugh and the academy, is that most offenders are not strangers to the child or to the family. That is foremost to understand.

So by age 2 and half or 3, when parents begin to teach the child about safety, they must also teach protection.

"Teaching a child safety should be the same whether it's crossing the street or being safe. Your body is yours. People do not touch it and if they do, come tell me. If someone touches you, come tell me," McHugh explained.

Lots of other great insights here. Scroll down to see the tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.