Tell children early about recognizing sexual abuse

Dr. Martin A. Finkel posts what I think is one of the most succinct and accurate summaries of the issues of child sexual abuse prevention. Definitely worth a couple of minutes of your time. Among the many great points he makes is this:

Admittedly, we don’t know for sure that talking to children about personal space and privacy will be the magic bullet of prevention. But we do know that children armed with information about personal space and privacy will be six to seven times more likely to develop protective behaviors and to feel empowered to disclose abuse.

The bottom line:

Child sexual abuse thrives in silence. Our discomfort can’t be reason enough to keep us from talking to children about it.

Amen!