I suspect my son is being abused in the Boy Scouts. How should I approach him?
If you think that your son is a victim of Boy Scout sexual abuse in Florida, you may first want to read some of our articles that will help you identify the signs and symptoms of abuse. After understanding all the different red flags and warning signs, if you still suspect that your son is being abused, read the following tips.
While it is okay to speak with your child about your concerns, it is important to know how to talk with your son about this difficult topic. Before speaking with him, you may want to access The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet or download the parent tool kit from LaurensKids.org. These resources can give you tips on how to speak with a child who may have been sexually abused. Additionally, a mental health provider who specializes in childhood sexual abuse can also help you learn how to approach this topic and speak with your son in the right way.
The most important thing to remember is to remain calm when talking with your son and let him know that it was not his fault. If your child does admit to being abused, do not take him back to the place where the abuse occurred (at least until the situation gets resolved). Reassure him that you love him and that you will do everything you can to protect him from further harm. Let your child know that it is important to report sexual abuse in Florida to the police and that a lawyer should be involved. By keeping your child informed about what will happen next, it will help him to not be as anxious or stressed.
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