Did you know that over three million children in our nation are victims of child molestation? Sadly, the number of victims is estimated to be considerably more than that because many incidents go unreported. While these numbers are shocking, there are ways we can help prevent even more children from being victims of child sexual abuse.
It Starts With You
Preventing child molestation from happening to your child or another child close to you starts with open communication. While many parents feel this is a matter to leave to therapists and trained professionals, this is a misconception because when those people get involved it is too late and the abuse has already occurred.
In order to prevent your child from being molested in Florida, you need to realize that child molesters can be your neighbor, friend, family member, teacher, or even a trusted leader in the church. After opening your eyes to this fact, here are some other ways that you can help prevent child molestation:
- The first way you can help prevent child molestation is to NOT be in denial that you possibly know a child molester. Many child molesters look and act normal and are someone’s husband, wife, family member or neighbor.
- The second way you can help prevent your children from being victims of child molestation is to share with your children the difference between a good touch like a hug and a bad touch such as fondling their chest, genitals or buttocks.
- The third way you can help prevent your children from becoming victims of child abuse is to start focusing your efforts on protecting your children from people you may know. This is because only 10 percent of child molesters are strangers, while 90 percent of abusers know the children.
If you believe your child has been a victim of child sexual abuse and you aren’t sure what to do, we would be pleased to talk with you or offer you a free copy of our book, When the Unthinkable Happens: Your Guide to Florida Child Abuse Claims.