In the vast majority of child sex abuse cases, the perpetrator is someone the child knows. Protect your family by taking these steps to educate them.
- TIP: Older children are equally at risk of sexual abuse and abduction as younger children.
- Step 1: Screen caregivers and babysitters thoroughly. Some states allow you to screen individuals for any prior criminal record and sex offenses.
- Step 2: Get involved in your child's life. Let your children know that they can always talk to you if they are scared or hurt, regardless of the circumstances.
- FACT: The National Alert Registry contains a database of 500,000 registered sex offender records, including names, aliases, photos, home addresses, and offense details.
- Step 3: Know where your children are at all times, and who they are with. Get to know their friends, and their friends' parents.
- Step 4: Teach your children to say "No" to any uncomfortable, unwelcoming touching or action by another individual. Let them know it is wrong for an adult to engage children in sexual activity.
- TIP: Always keep the kit updated with a recent photo, and in a place that is easily accessible.
- Step 5: Protect your family by being aware of sex offenders in your area. For a list of offenders in your area go to NationalAlertRegistry.com or RegisteredOffendersList.org
- Step 6: Educate your children at an early age. Tell them what type of "stranger" is okay to talk to if they are lost. A mother with a child, a uniformed police officer, or a clerk in a store are good choices.
- TIP: Make sure your children know their first and last name, their phone number, and their address, in case they get lost.
- Step 7: Print a free child identification kit at "RegisteredOffendersList.org":http://registeredoffenderslist.org/. The kit will help authorities identify your child in case of an emergency.