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Speaking to children

 

As part of a child's growth always keep the lines of communication open, talk about what’s right and wrong and let them know that no one has the right to touch them in places that their underwear covers or force them to do anything that they don’t want to do and no adult should tell them to keep 'secrets'.

 

Children should hear these important messages throughout their childhood from trusted adults around them, including parents, siblings, teachers and friends:

 

  • Your body is your own.

  • There are parts of your body that are private. You have the right to say no to anyone who wants to touch your vagina, penis, breasts, or bottom.

  • Say “no” in a deep, loud voice if anyone touches you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or afraid.

  • If someone does bother you I want you to tell me. I promise that I won’t be angry and that I will believe you.

  • If someone does touch you in a way that doesn’t seem right, it’s not your fault. What an adult does is never your fault.

  • No adult should ever tell you to keep a secret.

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