BE A PROACTIVE PARENT

One of the worst things you can hear as a parent of a grown up child: “Mom, I never told you because I was afraid and didn’t know how to tell you – whenever he used to come and visit, Uncle John used to touch me inappropriately?”

You first reaction may be, “IF ONLY you had told me, I would have immediately done something.”

Help your child develop appropriate boundaries and deliver strong messages. Encourage them to tell you when a predator says something inappropriate or makes them uncomfortable in any way. Roll-play boundary setting and verbal scenarios around personal safety in an age appropriate way with your child regularly.