The statistics are sobering: one in three females and one in 20 males will experience sexual abuse or sexual assault by the time they reach age 17.
The idea that anyone would sexually abuse a child is terrifying, especially for parents and caregivers. But like any risk our children might face, we need to be able to empower them with information that will help them recognize unsafe situations.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a good time to share the message that all people have the right to govern what happens to their own bodies.
Children and teens who feel in control of their bodies are less likely to fall prey to sexual abusers.