If you suspect your child or a child relative has experienced sexual abuse, the right thing to do is to ask the child. Most people ignore the signs and doing that is NEVER the right thing. Risk your personal embarrassment for the sake of the child. The alternative of ignoring your feeling will be a million times worse for the child in the long run.
Are you wondering what to do during the child abuse discussion? What do you say if the child discloses the sexual child abuse? How do you care for the child after the disclosure of sexual abuse?
- Find a safe place to talk.
- Avoid expressing panic / shock.
- Do not pressure the child to tell you more.
- Ask limited questions.
- Listen closely.
- Reassure child it is good to tell.
- Tell child it’s not his / her fault.
- Tell child he / she is not in trouble.
- Tell child you will protect him / her.
- If you become upset, tell child you are upset with abuser, not him / her.
- NOTIFY LAW ENFORCEMENT IMMEDIATELY.
And remember, child abuse should be reported to local law enforcement. Always. Period. It is rare for a child to lie about sexual abuse.
If you are struggling with the decision to contact law enforcement, please message me or leave a comment below are call the 800 number at the top of this page.
What To Do If Sexual Abuse Occurs | CHILD LURES PREVENTION