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Below are some tips to help parents prevent or detect abuse:
- Be involved in your children’s activities.
- Notice when someone spends a lot of time with your child. Talk with your child about what they do, who else is there, what kind of games they play, etc.
- Believe your child. Listen seriously and sensitively to what your child says.
- Teach your child to say no, get away, and to tell someone, if anyone tries to touch him or her inappropriately.
- Teach your child: Your body belongs to you.
- Explain to your child not to keep secrets that feel scary or uncomfortable.
- Go through rules with your babysitter when your child is present.
- Bad things sometimes happen even when we do our best.
- Discuss abuse prevention in a constructive manner, just as you would other safety concerns. Fear does not keep children safe.
- If abuse occurs, it is not the child’s fault.
- Report the abuse immediately and seek medical help.
- Remain calm and take what your child says seriously.