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Time to focus on preventing sexual abuse

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

When was the last time you talked to the child in your life about sexual abuse prevention? April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, so now would be the perfect time to do so.

Studies show that by the time a child is 18 years old, one in three girls and one in six boys will experience sexual violence. Sexual abuse is not confined to any income level, education level, geographic area, racial or ethnic group, or particular type of family structure. All children need this information.

So far this school year, the YWCA of the Sauk Valley’s Sexual Assault Program has given 825 presentations to students in Lee and Whiteside counties. Many preschool and elementary students learned how “no, go, tell” can help them in abusive situations.  

Middle school and high school students learned strategies for dealing with sexual harassment and sexual assault issues.

During April, continue this conversation. If the topic makes you feel uncomfortable, please call the YWCA at 815-625-0333 for suggestions about broaching this important subject with your child.

Note to readers: Deb Walter is the education coordinator for the YWCA.

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