With the recent child sex abuse allegations against a former Penn State football coach, many begin to wonder how this information didn’t come out sooner?Parents should constantly be aware of any behavior changes in their kids and take action to see what the potential problem is.
Most children are abused by someone they know and trust, according to the American Psychological Association. An estimated 60% of perpetrators are known to the child but not family memebers: family friends, babysitters, child care providers, and neighbors.
Below are some steps you can take with your own kids to know what is going on in their lives:
- Establish an open relationship with your child
- Be present, be aware
- Learn to recognize risky behavior in adults
- Recognize warning signs in your child
- Don’t be afraid to talk to your child
To learn more about each of these steps, click here.