It's Not Easy, But It's Time to Talk to Your Kids About Sexual Abuse

If every nine minutes a child sexual abuse case is substantiated, we can’t afford to assume that the issue won’t affect our own families. My children find our conversations about sexual abuse uncomfortable, but as a former victim advocate and violence prevention educator, I make sure we have them anyway, not just in April, which happens to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In our house, we have an ongoing dialogue about body safety. We use proper names for body parts, we talk about consent and uncomfortable touches and we enforce safe boundaries.

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