child abuse

Child sexual abuse is an unfortunate reality for at least one out of every five children. Despite the very real danger, many parents find the idea of their child as a victim of sexual abuse too difficult to think about. We’ve already discussed some prevailing myths regarding the kinds of people who abuse children or…

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Effects of PTSD on the brain

If your child has been molested, or you are an adult survivor of child sexual abuse yourself, you may have experienced the effects of child abuse on healthy development without ever understanding why or how these consequences take shape. While the impact of sexual abuse can take many forms—emotional, social, and also physiological—often victims are…

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two children playing doctor

When it Isn’t Just Play The image many parents have of a sexual molester is of an adult male or female. There are cases, however, of children who sexually abuse other children. This concept can be difficult for parents to imagine or even believe, but it’s vital to know the difference between age appropriate sexual…

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While we’re all well versed in the importance of “no means no,” parenting lessons about consent often take a back seat until that dreaded pre-teen talk. However, in the video below, Parenting Gently explores the idea that teaching your kids about consent might just be vital in helping prevent child sexual abuse. We often are…

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child running in field

Parents Ask: Does every child who is sexually abused need treatment? You’d be hard pressed to find research or a professional that doesn’t support counseling or therapy for victims of sexual abuse. However, parents who discover their child has been sexually abused are often reluctant to start therapy, worrying that it may make the child…

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One out of every six boys is the victim of sex abuse as a child – compared to one out of every four girls. Despite being at almost equal risk, boys are far less likely to report their abuse within the critical first 48-hour window. They’re actually less likely to report it at all. And…

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