How to prevent child sexual abuse


  • Be aware that abusers exploit children in a number of ways - from inappropriate touching to intercourse. It can also include showing a child pornographic material.
  • Be aware that child sexual abusers sometimes enforce a child's silence through threats, force, bribery and acts of cruelty. Or, they do just the opposite by providing treats, outings or toys that the child wants.
  • Learn the facts. Attend or arrange for a Stewards of Children™ training in your area.
  • Keep the lines of communication open.
  • Learn about age-appropriate sexual development and how best to talk with your child.

You know your child better than anyone else. Be careful not to frighten your child with too much information or information they cannot understand.



Abuse typically occurs within a long-term relationship between the offender and victim. It escalates over time and lasts an average of four years. Offenders often develop a relationship with a targeted victim and their family for months before the actual abuse.


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