Jeff Herman Shares Tips for Parents to Protect Children Against Sexual Abuse
In today’s world, it’s more important than ever for parents to be aware of what is going on in our children’s lives. How do parents keep their kids safe from predators, both online and offline? Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney and advocate for survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation, offers advice for parents on how to speak to your children about sex crimes and predators and how to recognize signs of abuse.
How to Talk to Your Children About Sex Crimes and Predators
Your child’s vulnerability makes them an easy target for predators to lure, manipulate and abuse. When a naïve child is sexually abused, it can result in one of two things; either the child doesn’t even realize that they’ve been abused or taken advantage of, and therefore continue to permit the abuse and willingly comply, or they recognize what’s happened and feel guilty for ‘letting’ it happen, which can cause a multitude of other problems.
We can’t be there to protect them 24/7, but we can arm them against the dangers of child molesters and rapists by educating them, keeping open lines of communication, and helping them set healthy boundaries for their bodies. Jeff Herman suggests taking the following steps to talk to your kids about the dangers of sex crimes and sexual predators