Sexual Abuse or Assault (Rape)
Reduce your chance for sexual abuse or assault:
- When you go to a party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, watch out for each other, and leave together.
- Do not leave your beverage unattended or accept a drink from an open container.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Do not allow yourself to be alone with someone you do not know or trust. Do not get a ride from someone you do not know.
- Think about how intimate you want to be in a relationship, and clearly state your limits.
Reduce the chance of your child being sexually abused or assaulted:
- Teach your children that it is against the "rules" for adults to act in a sexual way with children. Use examples.
- Teach your children that it is okay to say no and that it is okay to leave the situation if they are uncomfortable.
- Teach your children that their bodies are their own and that it is okay if they do not want a hug or other contact that might make them uncomfortable.
- Speak to your children about using the proper names for their body parts. Informed children are better able to talk to you about someone acting in a sexual way with them.
Organizations such as Planned Parenthood can help you learn more about reducing your chances of being a victim. Contact Planned Parenthood toll-free at 1-800-230-PLAN (1-800-230-7526) or online at www.plannedparenthood.org.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 23, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine