Like many parents, I have an ultimate goal to protect my son from anything harmful or from any person that doesn’t mean him well. Yet, I understand that this is a cruel world full of turmoil and evil. Daily, I watch the news in tears. There are babies being molested, murdered, and thrown away like trash. Friends of mine stated that they will no longer watch the depressing information being provided. However, the fact of the matter is that we have to watch these things to know what to look out for and figure out how to protect them better. We can’t ignore the issues. So lets talk about molestation. Yes, MOLESTATION. No parent wants to imagine that something so horrific could happen to a child of theirs. But what can we do as parents to possibly prevent this? Or what can we do as parents to ensure that the person who causes them harm goes away and can never hurt them again? This is what you can do…
- Teach them the proper names of their body parts. Don’t call their penis a “wee wee’ or their vagina a “tink tink”. If the police have to be called its best that your children can appropriately explain (as best as they can at their tender ages) what happened to what place. Don’t let the creep get away because of a minor yet major detail.
- Have the conversation early. At merely two years old, during bath time, my son and I discuss that only Mommy and Daddy should touch his penis and that’s while cleaning it.
- Teach your child to speak up when something is bothering or hurting them. Let them know that holding things will not make them feel better.
- Intuition. Yes, children have an intuition as well. Teach them to trust the feeling they have that someone doesn’t mean them well. And encourage them to inform a trustworthy adult immediately.
- Let them know that you will believe them when they tell you someone is hurting them. Many children don’t come forward due to the fact that they feel as though they won’t be believed.
- Let them know that you will do everything in your power to keep them far away from the person who harmed them…and do so.
- Lastly, pursue persecution legally. Male sure that they can never be hurt again by that individual again.
“I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring.” ~Liz Armbruster