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Talking to Kids About The Sandusky Case
The news coverage of the child sexual abuse case involving Jerry Sandusky and Penn State is a great door-opener for parents and caregivers to talk with kids about sexual abuse. If your child or teen has seen some of the news coverage, it can be an opportunity to gently ask your child how much they know about sexual abuse. Asking questions in a conversational and genuine way can help you know where the gaps are in your child’s understanding and knowledge. It will also give you an opportunity to clear up any misinformation. Of course, don’t bombard or interrogate, but try opening some dialogue with any of the following questions that feel right to you. And then, let the child or teen be your guide. Just be sure to be careful of your tone. This is a conversation for mutual learning, not an interrogation. Just one or two may be all you need for a robust conversation! Also, visit Tips for Talking to Children to help you fill in the gaps.