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Protecting Children

From Child Sexual Abuse

There are many ways to protect children

Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW

Copyright 2010 by Jane Gilgun

Smashwords Edition

This article provides guidelines for protecting children from sexual abuse and what to do if children have been sexually abused.

About the Author

Jane F. Gilgun is a professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA. See Professor Gilgun’s other articles, children’s stories, and books on Smashwords.com.

Protecting Children

From Child Sexual Abuse

There are many things that parents can do to protect their children from sexual abuse. Emotional availability, trust between parents and children, and a good sex education of children are essential. Sometimes, no matter how much parents love and supervise their children and no matter how well they have taught their children, sexual abuse occurs. The following are guidelines for protecting children from sexual abuse and what to do if children have been sexually abused.

Protecting Children

Be emotionally available to your children

This means showing interest in your children’s activities, sharing their joys, empathizing when they are hurt or disappointed, and providing clear guidelines for what you expect from them. Parents often are preoccupied with their own issues. Without realizing it, parents may be emotionally unavailable to their children. Emotional availability is a major responsibility when parenting children.

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