The child sexual abuse could be defined as all that sexual activity with or without violence between an adult and a minor or between two minors when one exerts power over the other either through force, coercion or persuasion.
It is a crime punishable by law and in a situation that can make for good personality of the victim, with all the problems that entails.
It seems that this is an isolated problem that “my children will not happen,” even some people relate it to a precarious economic status, however it is more common than we think, and maybe we should keep it in mind to try to safeguard childhood and innocence of our children.
Since founding FROG (Network Helps Abused Children) provide data on and we offer a guide to seven steps to prevent child sexual abuse.
The most relevant data to comment that an estimated one in four girls and one in six Children can become sexually abused before reaching adulthood. This means that a lot of children bear in silence such experiences.
Approximately 20% of victims of child sexual abuse are under 8 years and most never report the abuse.
Seven Steps to prevent child sexual abuse:
Know the facts: parents are responsible for our children and us that we must be alert to avoid a situation that could be abused. A third of victims are abused by family members and this means that the main risk comes from those closest. Abusers often try to establish a relationship of trust with the parents of the victims and we must bear in mind that anyone can be.
Reduce risk: child abuse occurs when an adult is alone with the child. We should try to know the person with whom he is and try that they can be observed by others. Internet is a gateway for abusers, we must monitor the use that can make our kids network.
Talk about: children often keep the abuse secret. Abusers manipulate and confuse children into thinking that the fault lies with them or what they are doing is normal or a game, can threaten the child or even threaten to harm other people in your family. Talking with children about abuse, adapting our dialogue at his age can cause the wall of silence is removed.
Stay alert: we must carefully assess the physical signs such as irritation, swelling or rash on the genitals, urinary tract infections, etc. and other problems such as abdominal pain or headaches result of anxiety.
More usually emotional or behavior such as withdrawal or depression, excessive self-imposed, unexplained anger and rebellion, etc. Problems arise
An overtly sexual behavior and atypical language and age can also be warning signs.
Know, know to react: to respond to the truth expressing disbelief or anger and anger can make the child try to justify the action, change the version or avoid questions and dialogues on the subject again.
Act when you have suspicions suspicions are scary, but it may be the only chance to save a child (or several children, abusers have several victims). If we do not dare to report we can contact social services to child protective services, the health center, etc.
Get involved: we can fight abuse, for example, supporting laws and organizations that fight against sexual abuse of minors.