Talking to children about sexual abuse can seem stressful or scary at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Conversations about sexual misconduct or abuse can be a part of the safety conversations you’re already having, like affirming that your child has a right to be safe, knowing when to speak up, how to take care of friends, and listening to your gut. These conversations should focus on helping children see that they have a right to their boundaries. Open conversations help them see you as a trusted and safe adult, and give them the knowledge and language needed so that they come to you about any moments of discomfort or abuse that they experience.
A word to adult survivors: Take care of yourself. This information can bring up difficult feelings about your own past, get support, you’re not alone; there are resources to help.