At Zandoli and Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes, we support safety education for sexual assault awareness. For the month of April, we will share materials relating to prevention and learning materials from our resource network.
We read through STOP IT NOW’s TIP SHEET: Everyday Actions to Keep Kids Safe and provided a basic summary for families. This tip sheet is not just for victims, but for all family members to promote prevention. Talking with your family and children educates them and like the old adage goes “Prevention is better than cure.” That simply means that it is easier to prevent something than having to undo the pain and trauma of having to “fix” or “heal”.
Determine clear boundaries and guidelines.
- All family members have a right to privacy when dressing, bathing, sleeping, etc… without being watched, touched or violated in uncomfortable ways.
- If the child does not feel like kissing a relative, even it’s Grandma, allow the child to shake hands, respecting the child’s body.
- Watch for inappropriate behavior in adults or older children.
- Practice speaking about awkward things and saying uncomfortable or embarrassing words out loud and confronting those behaviors.
- Report anything you suspect as sexual abuse.
- Respect their privacy when they say “NO!” to touch that they are not happy with.
- Have a safety plan
- Make a list of people to report abuse or signs of abuse to
Get the full TIP SHEET for your family’s action plan here.