Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Last night I went to a lecture about sexual abuse. It's a super high anxiety topic for me. Even blogging about it makes me anxious. But I learned some things that are so important, I wanted to share them.
#1 Talk to your children. Tell them their bodies are made in G-d's image and no one can touch them. Use age-appropriate language.
#2 Make your kids feel safe with you so they can speak to you about issues.
#3 If, G-d forbid, your child comes to you and tells you they're a victim, don't overreact, don't freak out, just be calm and take appropriate action. Tell the child how much you love her and IT'S NOT HER FAULT.
#4 With love and support, childhood victims can grow into healthy adults.
May G-d protect us all.