Talk To Your Kids About Sexual Abuse

Melissa Ruth works for the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and says less than 30 percent of parents talk about sexual abuse with their children.

"I would recommend to parents to start talking to their children openly, developmentally appropriate, about what sexual abuse is," said Ruth.

She said to use anatomically correct names for body parts. Ruth said your kids need to know it could be someone they know and love, but you will keep them safe, and that it is never their fault.

"The younger you start, and the more often you work these reminders in, and these brush up conversations about what's safe and what's not safe, the easier those conversations become," she said.

Ruth said it's important to keep the lines of communication open so your kids know they can talk to you. She recommends parents check into anyone whose spending time around their kids.

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