Basic Prevention to Teach Children
1. Teach children about the appropriate names for their body parts.
Although this can feel uncomfortable, this is a basic and powerful prevention tool. Children who are aware of their bodies are less likely to be a target of an abuser. This also helps when a child discloses.
2. Teach them the Safe Touch Rule.
- Your private body parts are between your knees and your nose, where your bathing suit goes!
- Your body belongs to you, and only you!
- Kids do not share body parts.
- If someone tries to touch a kid’s private body parts, kids should yell a loud, “NO!!”
- Kids should run away and try to get to a safe place.
- Kids should tell a grown-up that they know and trust.
- Kids should keep on telling until the touching stops forever.
- Remember, it’s never your fault!