January 28, 2018
Practical Ways to Keep Kids Safe
A recent CBS News headline reads: "Parents of gymnasts feel guilt, wonder how they missed sexual abuse.” They are not alone. At Foothills, we provide support to distraught parents, grandparents, and other caregivers who come to our center in crisis. Many wrestle with feelings of guilt and also wonder how they missed the abuse.
Please don’t judge them. Most people don’t understand how prevalent child abuse is. So many of us think, “Not my child.” We unwittingly live in denial of the epidemic of child abuse in our communities and country.
But denial is not an option if we are to protect children and stop child abuse in our communities. There are sensible, practical ways to help stop – and better yet – prevent child abuse. Taking these steps can be challenging at first, but soon, they will be as natural as making sure that a child is buckled in before putting the car in drive. They will become second nature. Promise.
Read more and learn how to keep the kids you know safe.
Be their voice.
If a child discloses abuse to you,
or if you suspect or have reason to believe
a child is being abused or victimized,
contact the police or social services.
Call the Child Abuse Hotline at 800-552-7096.
Local police can be reached by dialing 911.