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How Can I Protect My Child From Sexual Assault?


Talk to your children about sexuality and sexual abuse in age-appropriate terms.

  • Talking openly and directly about sexuality teaches children that it is okay to talk to you when they have questions.
  • Teach children the names of their body parts so that they have the language to ask questions and express concerns about those body parts.
  • Teach children that some parts of their body are private.
  • Let children know that other people should not be touching or looking at their private parts unless they need to touch them to provide care. If someone does need to touch them in those private areas, a parent or trusted caregiver should be there, too.
  • Tell children that if someone tries to touch those private areas or wants to look at them, OR if someone tries to show the child their own private parts, they should tell a trusted adult as soon as possible.
  • All children should be told that it’s okay to say “no” to touches that make them uncomfortable or if someone is touching them in ways that make them uncomfortable and that they should tell a trusted adult as soon as possible.
  • Talking openly about sexuality and sexual abuse also teaches children that these things don’t need to be “secret.” Abusers will sometimes tell a child that the abuse is a secret. Let your children know that if someone is touching them or talking to them in ways that make them uncomfortable that it shouldn’t stay a secret.
  • Make sure to tell your child that that they will not get into trouble if they tell you this kind of secret.
  • Don’t try to put all this information into one big “talk” about sex.
  • Know the other adults that your child might talk to.
  • Children sometimes feel that they cannot talk to their parents.
  • Know the other trusted adults in your child’s life.
  • Let your child know that they can come to you if they have questions or if someone is talking to them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Be sure to follow up on this! If your child comes to you with concerns or questions, make time to talk to them.

For help or information please call our hotline 1-800-474-6031 

or directly at 1-815-872-0087

When you empower your child to say “no” to unwanted touch and teach them that they can come to you with questions and concerns, you take critical steps to preventing child sexual abuse. 

(information from RAINN.com)


Kevin Bacon, Dylan McDermott, Gabrielle Union and Christina Ricci headline innovative RAINN campaign to help survivors of child sexual abuse. Nearly half of all victims of sexual assault are under the age of 18. It's never too late for anyone - - adult survivors or children - - to get help. Contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE or online @ rainn.org to talk to someone who understands what you're going through.