Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

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How to prevfent, detect, and report suspected sexual child abuse

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How to Prevent Child Sex Abuse:

How to Prevent Child Sex Abuse A presentation by SIEDA Sex Abuse Prevention (SAP)

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How do you warn Children about pedophiles who may be their teacher, coaches, clergy members, or neighbors?

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TALK k TEACH

Talk with your Children:

Talk with your Children BEGIN EARLY Let only a few subjects be “off limits” Remember part of talking is Listening Meet their emotions with Empathy, Acceptance, and Respect

Teach your Children:

Teach your Children Their bodies belong to them and NO ONE has the right to touch their body without permission. There are different kinds of touching. To trust their feelings ( If it feels uncomfortable tell me or another trusted adult ) The difference between a Secret and a Surprise Surprises are Birthdays, presents, trips, ect. Secrets are things adults don’t want anyone else to know

BE AN ASKABLE ADULT!:

BE AN ASKABLE ADULT! You want the child to come back to you with future questions and thoughts. You want to be an “ASKABLE” adult. As an “Askable Adult”, you don’t need to have perfect, well-thought out answers ready. because you will have many chances to talk about this subject again.

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Thank You

HOW TO START:

HOW TO START START SIMPLE AND KEEP IT SIMPLE. USE CORRECT WORDS FOR BODY PARTS. (MAY USE CHILD’S WORDS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN) BE CASUAL AND INFORMAL CHOOSE A TIME WHEN THE CHILD FEELS SAFE AND RELAXED. NOT AT A CHILD’S BEDTIME!

WHAT TO DISCUSS:

WHAT TO DISCUSS YOUR BODY BELONGS TO YOU. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY,’NO!” IF SOMEONE WANTS TO TOUCH YOU IN ANY WAY THAT MAKES YOU FEEL AFRAID, UNCOMFORTABLE, OR CONFUSED.

WHAT TO DISCUSS:

WHAT TO DISCUSS YOU HAVE MY PERMISSION TO SAY, “NO!”, EVEN IF THE PERSON IS AN ADULT, EVEN IF IT IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW, A GROWN-UP OR BIGGER KID, OR ANYONE! PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FEELINGS . TRUST YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT THE WAY PEOPLE TOUCH YOU.

WHAT TO DISCUSS:

WHAT TO DISCUSS THERE ARE PARTS OF YOUR BODY THAT ARE PRIVATE. PRIVATE PARTS ARE THOSE THAT ARE COVERED BY YOUR SWIMSUIT. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY,”NO!” TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO TOUCH YOUR PRIVATE PARTS. (VAGINA, PENIS, BREASTS, OR BUTTOCKS).

WHAT TO DISCUSS:

WHAT TO DISCUSS IF ANYONE TOUCHES YOUR PRIVATE PARTS OR ASKS YOU TO TOUCH THEIR PRIVATE PARTS, I WANT YOU TO TELL ME. I PROMISE THAT I WILL BELIEVE YOU. IF SOMEONE TOUCHES YOU IN A WAY THAT DOESN’T SEEM RIGHT , IT IS NEVER YOUR FAULT!

RULES ABOUT TOUCHING:

RULES ABOUT TOUCHING KIDS NEED TO KNOW THAT THE SAFETY RULES ABOUT TOUCHING APPLY ALL THE TIME, NOT JUST WITH STRANGERS, MEN, OR BABYSITTERS REMEMBER THAT KIDS ARE SEXUALLY ABUSED BY PEOPLE THEY KNOW 95% TO 97% OF THE TIME!

Tips for Responding to the Sexual Behaviors or Interactions of Children:

Tips for Responding to the Sexual Behaviors or Interactions of Children Take a deep breath and stay calm! Evaluate the behavior Ask open-ended questions to get more information Redirect the behavior. Model and encourage empathy skills State applicable boundaries or rules.

Answering Difficult Questions The LAST Method:

Answering Difficult Questions The LAST Method L – LISTEN A – ASK S – SORT T - TALKS

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ANY TYPE OF SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITH A CHILD IS CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE!

Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver::

Consider the possibility of sexual abuse when the parent or other adult caregiver: Is SECRETIVE or isolated Is unduly protective of the child Severely limits the child’s contact with other children especially of the opposite sex Describes marital difficulties involving family power struggles or sexual relations

What are some Indicators?:

What are some Indicators?

Indicators of Child Sexual Abuse:

Indicators of Child Sexual Abuse There are two types of Indicators Physical Indicators Emotional/Behavioral Indicators

Physical Indicators:

Physical Indicators Trauma to breasts, buttocks, lower abdomen or thighs. Bruises, bleeding or other physical trauma in genital or rectal area. Genital or rectal pain, itching, swelling, redness, infection or discharge. Pain or problems with urination/defecation.

Physical Indicators cont.:

Physical Indicators cont. Bloodstained and/or torn underwear Difficulty in walking, sitting or sitting still. Sexually transmitted diseases. Presence of semen Unusual odors from the vaginal area. Psychosomatic illness. Abdominal pain. Nightmares

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators:

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators Persistent and inappropriate sexual play with peers, toys, animals, or themselves. Frequently inserting objects in her vagina or his/her rectum Displaying sexually aggressive behavior toward others. Detailed and overly sophisticated understanding of sexual behavior (especially by young children).

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators Cont.:

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators Cont. Sexual themes in the child’s artwork, stories, or play. Sudden onset of soiling pants or bed long after being potty trained. Acting like a much younger child – regressive behaviors. Pseudo-mature behaviors (acting like a parent or spouse).

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators Cont.:

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators Cont. Overly compliant behavior. Delinquent or aggressive behavior. Excessive crying or sadness. Withdrawal into fantasy worlds (A child may even seem to have an intellectual disability when this is not the case.) Difficulty eating or sleeping. Fear of going home or expressing a desire to live in a foster home or institution .

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators Cont.:

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators Cont. Fear states such as anxiety, depression, phobias, or obsessions. Fear of adults of the same sex as the abuser. Poor or deteriorating relationships with peers. Inability to concentrate in school and/or sudden deterioration in school performance. Non-participation in school activities and/or sports when previously involved. Unwillingness to participate in physical/recreational activities, especially if there is physical discomfort.

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators Cont.:

Behavioral/Emotional Indicators Cont. Unexplained accumulation of money or gifts. Truancy/running away from home. Seductive behavior and/or sexual activity. ( This is an effect of the sexual abuse, not a cause.) Drug/alcohol abuse Prostitution ( There is a strong correlation between child sexual abuse and late teen prostitution.) Self-mutilation Suicidal feelings and suicide attempts.

How do I Report?:

How do I Report?

WHAT TO DO :

WHAT TO DO Involve DHS Child Protective Services or Law Enforcement by making a report SUPERVISE THE CHILDREN INVOLVED VERY CLOSELY!

Reporting Child Abuse:

Reporting Child Abuse Anyone making a report of suspected abuse in good faith is immune (protected) from liability, civil or criminal, which might otherwise be incurred or imposed. Call : 1-800-362-2178 IOWA ABUSE HOTLINE

References & Websites:

References & Websites Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development: A program of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (Curriculum) Prevent Child Abuse Iowa: pcaiowa.org Darkness to Light website: darkness2light.org New York State Office of Children and Family Services: www.ocfs.state.ny.us Prevent Child Abuse America website: www.preventchildabuse.org Prevent Child Abuse Massachusetts website: www.masskids.org/pcama/prevention/sexual Iowa Sex Offender Registry: www.iowasexoffender.com

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CONTACT INFORMATION: Tiffany Baker, Sexual Abuse Prevention (SAP) Specialist SIEDA Community Action Agency 226 West Main Street Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 1-800-622-8340 Extension 225 Ottumwa: 682-8741 Ext. 225 Email: tiffanybaker@pcsia.net