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EDUCATE YOUR KIDS ABOUT INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR


BY GAIL HORNOR, MS, CPNP Someone!


hildhood is


envisioned as an idyllic time of learning, loving, fun and safety. We


as parents make every eff ort to ensure that this is, indeed, the reality for our kids. Unfortunately, protecting our children from potential sexual abuse is not always as simple as it may seem. It is often believed that


only the “dirty old man” at the park or a stranger on the street is a threat to our kids. In reality, children are most at risk from someone they know, trust, respect and may love. As parents, we need to play a vital role in protecting our kids, and must observe basic safety rules: Never leave your child with someone you don’t know well. Understand that an individual who has been known to touch children inappropriately is at very high risk to repeat this behavior — even if the off ense was long ago, and the off ender was punished and underwent treatment. Never allow your child to be unsupervised with someone who has been accused of sexually abusing a child. Period. Today’s kids are spend-


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