Your Child and Sexual Abuse: Danger lies with familiar people, not strangers

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Your Child and Sexual Abuse: Danger lies with familiar people, not strangers
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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 8:50am

In light of the recent sex abuse scandals at well known Universities,Health Day News warns parents to rethink the "stranger danger" theory. In fact, more children are sexually abused by someone they know and trust than a stranger:

"Parents who want to protect their kids from sexual abuse need to reassess the notion of "stranger danger" -- the belief that children should be on guard around strangers because they're most likely to be molested by someone unknown to them, experts say.

In truth, at least four of five cases of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by someone who knows the child, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics." READ MORE

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I would add, that when you see stories like that in the news, if your children are old enough, have a conversation about it with them rather than shielding them from negative news. And reiterate that cases like that are not about sex, it is about control. I think it's important that we be very clear that there is a victim, that abusive activities are not about sexual acts, that this is criminal behaviour and the victim is a victim, not a participant.

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I've always wondered if parents weren't making kids a little more wary of strangers than they ought to be, and ignoring the "freindly uncle" or "trusted friend" suspects...



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cmkarla wrote:

In light of the recent sex abuse scandals at well known Universities,Health Day News warns parents to rethink the "stranger danger" theory. In fact, more children are sexually abused by someone they know and trust than a stranger:

"Parents who want to protect their kids from sexual abuse need to reassess the notion of "stranger danger" -- the belief that children should be on guard around strangers because they're most likely to be molested by someone unknown to them, experts say.

In truth, at least four of five cases of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by someone who knows the child, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics." READ MORE