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LET'S TALK LIVE ABOUT ADDRESSING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2019 WJLA NEWS 8 Let's Talk Live TV Interview on the sensitive serious subject of child sexual abuse following the recent documentary 'Surviving RKelly.' https://wjla.com/news/lets-talk/ways-communities-can-protect-the-youth-from-sexual-assault


Here are some helpful tips to consider when addressing the topic with your children or supporting a child victim of child sexual abuse:


WE CAN PROTECT YOUTH BY


Having courageous conversations about these topics

Empowering them with information to identify warning signs

Instill a healthy sense of self in them to minimize their vulnerability to predators

Being vigilant and proactive to keep open lines of communication with our children

WE CAN HELP VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE BY


Avoiding victim blaming

Believe a child who confides in being sexually abused

Show support by contacting local authorities and following proper procedures to resolve the situation

Get appropriate help, resources, and counseling

Encourage journaling and talking about how they feel

Faith based organizations can provide support too


AVAILABLE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND CHILD VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE


Child Protective Services

DC Rape Crisis Center

National Sexual Assault hotline The Women's Center


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