Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles: You Matter!
You have been given the special relationship with a young child that will look up to you, listen to you, and respect you - with minimal child-rearing responsibilities! (Usually :) ) Take advantage of this opportunity to let the children in your life know that they matter to you, that you are there if they need to talk, and that your role is to help protect them from harm. Children of all ages need and want to feel secure in their family. The more YOU know about preventing child sexual abuse, the more protected the children in in your family will be.
Caregivers, Coaches, Youth Leaders, Teachers: You Matter!
You may notice a change in a child's behavior that is overlooked by others, you can help reinforce a child's right to respect and the importance of compassion and empathy.
Police & Social Workers: You Matter!
A child reporting abuse is often afraid - they are talking to a stranger and telling them something that is very difficult and confusing to them. You can be a source of comfort or intensify a child's anxiety and hesitation to tell the truth. The more YOU know about how sexual abuse affects a child's psyche, the better you will be serving these children you have sworn to protect.
Siblings, Cousins, Friends: You Matter!
Often a child tells someone other than their parent about their abuse. And often they will ask their peer to keep their secret as well. The more we empower our children to stand up for what is right, teach them that some secrets should not be kept - the better off all children will be if their peers can have the courage to get help for a friend, even if they are too afraid or ashamed to ask for it themselves.