Parents Should Know
In light of the recent local and national headlines pertaining to child sexual abuse, we have included some information & links you may find helpful.
Facts Parents Should Know:
· All adults have a responsibility to learn the signs of abuse and to be vigilant in protecting children.
· Stranger danger is real, but it is a factor in a much smaller percentage of sexual abuse cases; 93% of sexual abuse cases involve a person close and known to a child.
· Sex offenders are clever about finding opportunities to have access to children and to groom adults to lower their boundaries about contact with their children in the same way that they groom children for sexual contact. All parents should sense a "red flag" if any adult (friend, coach, minister, teacher, or family member) seeks to spend significant amounts of time alone with your child.
· It is the not the responsibility of the child to keep themselves safe, it is an adults.
· Children are not responsible for their own protection. However, it is important to teach all children about safe and unsafe touches and who to go to for help if they are made uncomfortable by a touch.
· Abuse can happen to any child, regardless of wealth.
· We all have a role to play in the development of our children, which includes being involved in situations where children's well-being is or can be jeopardized.
· Abuse in a child's life can result in life-long adversities; mental health and health issues, substance abuse, delinquency and criminal behavior which costs our nation $104 billion to remediate when abuse and neglect is not prevented.
· Parents should take an active role in activities their children are involved in and with the people in their children's lives.
· Talking to children regularly about what they're doing can help parents stay alert for possible problems.
· Parents should know about sexual predators and sexual behavior problems and how they work.
· Children should know they can talk to you about anything that's bothering them or if they feel mixed-up or confused.
· Be alert for signs of sexual abuse.
· Know that an adult's response to a child's disclosure is critical to the child's safety, recovery, and long-term well-being.
· If you suspect or are told about abuse, it is your moral and ethical responsibility to report it right away.
Save the Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Tenth Annual Troy Knight Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Children In Crisis, Inc.
Troy Guerard Knight, legal counsel for the Town of Summerville, and a loved and respected leader and attorney, passed away in November 2004. Troy's memory will live on through the critical services Children In Crisis, Inc., provides to protect children suffering from abuse or neglect. The Center is honored to be the recipient of the proceeds from the Golf Tournament, in memory of Troy.