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Protecting our children from sexual abuse

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  • Reduce your children’s risk by carefully evaluating and limiting (when possible) any time spent in isolated, one-on-one situations with other children, youth, and adults.
  • Educating your children about sexual abuse doesn’t mean they won’t ever become a victim, but it does offer an important line of defense.
  • Children who have been prepared will know how to respond to any threats and will feel more comfortable coming to talk to you.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Article at a Glance

  • One in six boys and one in four girls will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18.
  • In about 90 percent of cases, children are abused by somebody who is known and trusted by the child and the child’s family.
  • Be sure to report to the authorities if you suspect child abuse, find child pornography, or if a child discloses abuse to you.

Learning How to Drive Starts Now

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  • At a very young age children are already learning driving habits from their parents’ examples.
  • Learning how to drive well is important—motor vehicle fatalities are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds.
  • Set a good example when driving and take time to teach your children about traffic laws.
 
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