Today Sarah from Little Rockers Radio caught up with Sandra Ifrah, a child and adolescent psychologist who is extremely passionate about educating parents and carers to keep children safe from sexual abuse. This can be a tough topic to think about, let alone speak about but I can not stress enough the importance of having these conversations with your children from a young age.
There's two elements to the education process - educating us parents as well as educating our children! Please take a listen to the full interview below, however here's a little of what we spoke about and my takeaways:
- Roughly 1 in 5 children under the age of 18 globally are sexually abused.
- More than 90% of offenders are known to children.
- As parents we can look out for indicators of 'grooming' which takes place in many cases prior to any sexual abuse.
- We can start having conversations with our children from as young as 3, and find teachable moments in our every day lives.
- Use correct terminology for body parts.
- Secrets - OK secrets, not OK secrets (that can make us feel a little funny in the tummy).
- Have a Safety Plan (eg. 'NO'-'GO'-'TELL')!
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For further information on Sandra and her 4-hour workshops in schools, kindergartens and community centres, please visit her website.
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