[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]PREVENT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
PARENTS: Please watch this video with Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz to learn how you can keep your children safe!
In our community, physical and sexual abuse really does occur.
90% of child molestation occurs at the hands of someone loved and respected by the child. Only 1 in 10 victimized children report abuse of any kind to someone who can do something about it. 30% to 50% of all abusers are under age 18. 88% of abusers are never reported. 17% of abusive incidents in Israel in 2007 took place in educational institutions. Of these, 11% were in religious institutions. In 60% of the cases involving children under age 12 in Israel in 2007, the perpetrator was a father or brother. (Source: National Child Abuse Data System, 2005; ARCCI, 2007)
Kav L’Noar believes it is possible to prevent child sexual abuse. It begins with the strength of your own family. The greatest prevention tool against abuse is the parent child relationship. Kav L’Noar’s programs build strong families providing support and guidance for the entire family. We believe that strong healthy personal relationships are the key to mental and emotional health. We work with youth, families, schools and the community to prevent and combat risk factors for youth.
Kav L’Noar encourages parents to speak to their childrens’ schools to provide a safe school atmosphere by creating policies and procedures for abuse prevention.
10 Pointers for Parents
When a child discloses abuse, it can be horrifying. But there’s also a positive: now the child can be protected from further exploitation.
Below are 10 pointers on the right way to react:
Remain calm. Reassure your child that you can handle this.
Soothe. Tell your child you’ll do everything in your power to keep him safe.
Listen. Find a private place to talk and listen carefully. Try to write down the child’s story in her own words.
Validate. Let your child know that telling you is the most important thing he could’ve done.
Believe your child. Most kids don’t lie about abuse.
Don’t blame. Child abuse is never a child’s fault — don’t find ways she could have done things differently.
Update. Keep the child informed of everything you may need to do.
Reassure. Even if the situation becomes complicated and others have to get involved, continue to stress that your child has done the right thing in coming to you.
Be your child’s advocate — do whatever it takes.
Make your love clear. Let your child know that protecting her is more important than protecting the perpetrator.
Excerpted from the article “IN SAFE HANDS” by Michal Eisikowitz – with Debbie Fox in Family First Magazine