Posted: 07/16/2012 7:31 pm
Lessons from the Sandusky Case: 4 Things Every Parent Should Know About Childhood Sexual Abuse
"The FBI report on the Sandusky sexual abuse case is very disturbing. My fellow parents have used words like horrible, shocking and disgusting. As parents, we read the headlines and feel powerless. But there are serious lessons we can learn from this case. What do we need to know to help break the cycle of shame, secrecy and ignorance that allows sexual abuse to continue? As a clinical psychologist, here are four things I think every parent should know about childhood sexual abuse:
1) Sexual abuse is rampant.
2) Sexual abuse is rarely about "stranger danger."
3) We need open, ongoing discussions with our children about sexuality, their bodies and trust.
4) Every child is everyone's business."