Hesperian Health Guides
Chapter 12: Preventing Sexual Abuse
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As children become more independent, they meet more people and relate to them in many different ways. Just as they must learn to move around the house and community safely, they must also learn about personal safety. This chapter is about protecting children from sexual abuse.
It might seem strange to find material about sexual abuse in a book like this. Sadly, children with disabilities like blindness can be more at risk for sexual abuse than children who can see, so it is important to discuss.
Not a relative
(child or adult)
- Not a family friend
- Not a neighbor
- Not a stranger
- Not a teacher
- Not a caregiver
Yet it is hard to talk about sexual abuse. In many places:
- people rarely talk about sex.
- people do not want to believe that sexual abuse happens to very young children, so they do not think or talk about it.
- rules or customs say who should talk to children about sex, what should be said, and when such conversations should happen.
Every child should be able to be safe from sexual abuse. Keeping children safe from sexual abuse should be every adult's responsibility.