You and I need to have a conversation about the incidence, prevalence and danger of childhood sexual abuse. We need to have this conversation not just with ourselves, but with our spouses, with our friends, and with our children. I realize this is not a fun conversation; it’s the kind of talk that riles our nerves and puts fear in our bellies. But insofar as knowledge is power, as well as is half the battle, the conversation must be had.
The reality is, when it comes to sexual abuse, our children are not automatically as safe as we’d like them to be. We may build around them a fortress of protection, but I want to argue that we have to build within them a defense every bit as strong as the defense without. I also want to emphasize that danger lies not at the hands of strangers, but in the hands of those we are oft too quick to trust.
Childhood sexual abuse is more rampant than any of us would like to believe. But it’s the type of danger that is right here under our noses, right here where we would not think to look. Conversation may not prevent it entirely, nor protect our children perfectly, but I believe a bit of frank talk is a very good place to start.
Remember, you are not setting out to frighten your children. You are making them aware. You are providing them the knowledge and tools they need to live boldly without fear, and you are also validating to their hearts your own trustworthiness, which may make all the difference in the world if sexual abusers ever dare to come near.#protectourchild'sinnocence