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Good communication is, perhaps, the most critical child sexual abuse prevention strategy for parents. Talk to your children every day and take time to listen and observe. Learn as many details as you can about your children’s activities and feelings and encourage them to share concerns and problems with you. Explain to your children that:
Although most U.S. preschools and child care centers are safe, sexual abuse in these settings can occur, so be sure to choose a preschool or child care center carefully.
Children who may be too frightened to talk about sexual molestation may exhibit a variety of physical and behavioral signals that may be significant. Parents should assume responsibility for noticing such symptoms, including:
If anyone — even someone you know — touches you and you don’t feel right about it: