I heard a sad story last week. A 12-yr old girl was molested. And this happened 25 years ago. She just finally was able to tell her mom about it recently. This girl has had several failed relationships in the past and is now a single mother. I’ve read that at least two out of every ten girls and one out of every ten boys are sexually abused by the end of their 13th year and that most children who are sexually abused, are abused by a family member or close friend?
As parents, we can help protect our children by educating them. We have made it clear to our kids very early that no one, not their teacher, or doctor, not anyone, is allowed to touch them beyond a hand shake or a pat on the back. If somebody attempts to touch them where they shouldn’t be touched, they need to kick and scream and call for help. We also protect them by not allowing them to go into neighbors’ houses or sleepovers if we don’t really know the family that well. They cannot be alone with the opposite sex whatever the place is. We always accompany them in public restrooms. And most importantly, always communicate with your children. Make them feel they can tell you anything. And that there shouldn’t be secrets between you.
It’s always worth it to play safe with our kids rather than risk them going through a traumatic experience.