By: James M. Hmurovich, President & CEO, Prevent Child AbuseAmerica
Now that Jerry Sandusky has been found guilty of child sexual abuse, the question before us as a nation is: What have we learned?
We have learned that communities are prepared to come together and support healthy, happy childhoods and the prevention of child sexual [...]
“Get out of there, YOU IDIOT!” boomed a male voice. Stepping out my front door, I heard his yell blast through the neighborhood. Someone was being abused.
Abuse is more than bruises and violence. This man’s words were emotional abuse: belittling, shaming, name calling, yelling. But, subtle abuse, like giving the silent treatment, neglect or [...]
You have probably read the news that Penn State harbored a known pedophile and rapist assistant football coach for many years. Since 2002, the university administration as well as head football coach Joe Paterno knew about the man and his crimes against boys. Yet they did nothing.
What a sick society we live in.
1. Start Young
When teaching your child the names of body parts, use the proper terms for penis, scrotum, vagina and anus. The use of euphemisms can jeopardize your child’s credibility should they someday need to report abuse. Explain that these parts of their body are very private, and that no one should be touching [...]