Facts for parents regarding child molestation:
Child molesters are often someone the child or the parents know. 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are molested by age 16. Stranger abduction occurs 1 in 1.5 million.
Talk to your children about their adult interactions with teachers, coaches, priests and neighbors.
Sexual predators often communicate with children on line posing as other children.
Monitor your child’s social media (Facebook, twitter), emails and texts.
Certain on line games allow your child to play with people they don’t know. Question your child about their on line activity. For example if they are being asked to send pictures or if they are being directed to chat rooms or websites.
What to do if you suspect a child is being molested.
TATTLE = TATL
T – TALK to your child. Ask them specific questions especially if you notice changes in their behavior (becoming withdrawn, bed wetting, decline in school performance).
A – Go to the AUTHORITIES. Child molestation is a crime. If you suspect your child is being molested speak with the police. Do not go to the principal, head coach or Monsignor.
T – THERAPY. Early professional psychological counseling will prevent years of shame, guilt and pain your child will experience.
L – LOVE your child. Let them know they did nothing wrong. Tell them it wasn't their fault and that you are there for them.