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December 2014 News

Dear Feather,

It’s the holiday season. Who wants to talk about child sexual abuse prevention?

The holidays are actually a perfect time to have family conversations about keeping kids safe because family and friends are gathered and it’s symbolically a time for meaningful connection. Moreover, the vast majority of child sexual abuse, however hard to acknowledge, happens within families. Check out these two brief articles below.

•    Tips for Talking about Prevention over the Holidays
•    Supervising Children’s Play over the Holidays.

Have a fun safe time with loved ones.

Your Partner in Prevention,


Tips for Talking about Prevention over the Holidays

It’s the holiday season. Let’s talk prevention! Here are three specific suggestions for making child sexual abuse prevention a conversation topic with friends and family during your holiday.Body-Safety Rules Poster
You probably have other ideas for, and success stories about, inviting people onto your prevention team. Please share them on Facebook so we can all learn together.
By communicating these safety practices in front of other adults, you are modeling prevention and opening the door for conversation. Grandma: “Oh, it’s so good to see you. Give grandma a hug.”
Mom or Dad: “I know you’re a hugger, Mom, but we’ve taught Ben that he gets to choose when he shows affection and it looks like he doesn’t want to hug right now. Ben, is there another way you'd like to greet grandma besides hugging her."
Supervising Children's Play over the Holidays

Boy and SnowYou’ve just eaten a big meal and the children, of all different ages, are restless. They want to go play while the adults linger over coffee. What kind of supervision is required to ensure everyone’s safety?

Children can get into scenarios while playing which can be compromising. Remind kids to keep the doors open and review body-safety practices with them (See article above.) Also let the kids know to come ask if they need anything and let them know that you’ll be in to check on them from time to time.

Pay particular attention to much older children who are playing with much younger children—i.e., an age difference of four or more years. Consider these scenarios between Justin (14 years old) and Jaime (6 years old), and note the behaviors of potential or actual concern:
Children need supervision regardless of the setting. Listen to your intuition and speak up if you feel uncomfortable. And always remember to listen to your children.
Meaningful Gift Ideas
  1. Register a friend or family member for a Parenting Safe Children workshop.
  2. Give a signed copy of Off Limits: a Parent’s Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse.
  3. Donate to Stop It Now, a non-profit organization with national reach that is preventing the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.

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The Parenting Safe Children community on Facebook is now over 4300 strong. We are dedicated to speaking up for children and we’re having great conversationsHelp us reach 5,000 and Like us – and be sure to tell your friends.

Curious about the most shared post of the month?

"When you have the "avoid getting raped" conversation with your daughter, it is difficult, as you don't want to imagine her as a victim. The idea of having the "don't rape" conversation with your son is more difficult as you don't ever want to imagine him as a perpetrator." Check out the rest of this post from December 3, 2014.

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