If there is one thing the #MeToo movement has done, it has brought the topic of sexual abuse to the forefront. With new allegations of abuse and assault filling our airwaves and clogging our newsfeeds, it can be scary to think about how common sexual abuse is. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls will be abused before the age of 18. The consequences of sexual abuse can be severe, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and actions, and even physical health problems. So what can you as a parent do to avoid having your child become one of these statistics? Tempting as it might be to put your head in the sand, being knowledgeable and informed about abuse is one of the best ways we can protect our children.
The following 10 tips will help you identify who might pose a risk and how you can keep your children safe from abuse: