Prevention Tips

-Teach children accurate names of private parts
-The difference between “okay” and “not okay” touching, and speaking up when someone is touching them
-Empower children to make decisions about their bodies by allowing them age-appropriate privacy and encouraging them to say “no” when they do not want to touch or be touched by others, even in nonsexual ways
- Educate children about the difference between good secrets (such as birthday surprises- eventually will be told) and bad secrets (those that make the child feel unsafe or uncomfortable)
- Share your values and tell your child what you think is acceptable and unacceptable sexual behavior
- Stress and reinforce the importance of love, respect, and trust as the three most important words your child can learn