Has there been any adult who touched you, your friend, or siblings inappropriately at a younger age? These days, sexual molestation occur from father to daughter or son, brother to sister, teacher to students, and babysitters to children. Isn’t it daunting that people who are expected to be custodians of our children are the culprits taking advantage of them? Should it be so difficult to leave your child with your siblings or close acquaintances?
Children are vulnerable and susceptible to abuse. It is disheartening to find that a lot of children predators are people close to the families. In a perfect world, you can have family members, friends, and teachers watch your kids while you’re away without problems. Unfortunately, in this perverse world, only a few can be trusted. Child molestation has become a predominant form of abuse which some parents remain ignorant towards. A recent National Child Abuse Statistics report indicates that, more than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way. About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.
Many parents fail to communicate with their children, and as a result, they are unable to detect the emotional and physical trauma these children are experiencing. In most cases, the perpetrator who is an adult, threaten these children not to tell anyone about their experiences.
Your duty as a parent or guardian:
Educate your kids about their bodies and how to protect it.
Ask them about any discomfort they might be experiencing in their bodies.
Be mindful of the kinds of people you entrust your children to.
Notice any changes in your child’s behavior around certain people.
It is important that parents take time to ensure the safety of their children in order to prevent future mental health problems associated with trauma from childhood.
National Child Abuse Statistics http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics