According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized and that they are vulnerable between the ages of 7 to 13. This statistic is heartbreaking as no child should ever suffer this kind of experience. People who do terrible things such as sexual abuse are evil.
It is difficult for us, parents, to watch our kids all the time, especially adolescents as they tend to explore and have friends whom they spend time with, and no matter how we stay hands-on, there are things we cannot control. Horrible things happen, and when they do, there is no undoing them. They say “prevention is better than cure” and it is indeed true. It is better to educate our children on how they can prevent sexual assaults.
What We Can Do To Prevent Our Child From Being Sexually Abused:
- Instruct your child not to let anyone touch her private parts no matter what. It’s no one’s business and that anyone who tries it is a dangerous person. Tell them to inform you if someone tries to touch them. A child is helpless, and whoever did it will definitely try it again if he gets the chance, so it is crucial that you are aware of everything, and as a parent, you know when something is not right about your child.
- Instruct your child never to allow anyone to take pictures of her naked. The number of pedophile cases in the world is sickening that’s why it is vital that they know that they should avoid people who are interested in seeing their private parts, may it be through photos or videos as criminals sell these to people evil enough to take pleasure from seeing them.
- Educate your child how to get out of an awkward situation. Children tend to fear and be receptive to adults that’s why they may be hesitant to refuse or say no. Teach your child what she can say to get out of the situation like saying she needs to poo or pee then call for help. Remember to teach her how to use the phone to contact you in times of emergency. Better yet, never leave your child alone with anyone unless you are 101% sure they are safe.
- Create a code like a gesture or magic words whenever they feel unsafe around guests in the house. When they are out with friends, having something to let them have access to communication is essential. Let them bring a phone with them so that they can contact you anytime. Teach them a text code they can send you when they feel threatened indicating they need to be rescued.
- Educate your child never to talk or go with strangers at any cost. They certainly have no business with any other adults, and the only time they can entertain other people is when you are around or when they get lost and need the help of a police officer.
“Prevention is better than cure” indeed. Nowadays, we can never be too sure about the safety of our kids, and the only thing we can do is to double or perhaps triple our guard. It is definitely a whole lot better than helping them recover from something we may have prevented.
It is not paranoia. It is called “love” and “being a parent.” Browse through the website of Betterhelp if you need advice on how you can manage your fears and priorities as a parent. There, you can contact licensed therapists to help you with your parenting.