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Prevent Sexual Abuse

Make sure your children understand that if someone does something confusing -- such as touching them inappropriately, giving gifts or taking naked pictures -- that you wish to be told about it, and will not blame them for it.

* Explain to children that their bodies are theirs alone and they have a right to say no to anyone who might try to touch them.

* Talk to your children daily and learn about their activities and feelings. Encourage them to share problems or concerns with you.

* Tell your children that some adults may try to hurt children or do things that make them uncomfortable, often asking the child to keep it secret.

* Don't scare your children, but tell them that people in authority -- a baby sitter, an uncle, a teacher or a priest -- might try to abuse them.