Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Importance of Sex Education

In my counselling work, I have found that many of the adult survivors of child sexual abuse (women & men ) who approached their parents after being abused by someone (immediately or after years of abuse) were sadly snubbed by their parents, told to just forget about the abuse and /or were held responsible for the abuse. This not only brought on a huge amount of guilt and shame but also scarred their psyche in many ways.

I have also seen that most of them did not get proper sex education from their parents when they were young and did not know the exact names for their body parts.
They were betrayed by their own family members or relatives under the guise of care and love. Dr. Rosenzweig says that kids who lack age appropriate sex education, fill the gaps in their sexual knowledge with false and wrong assumptions based on what other kids tell them and media messages. Also, kids “with no knowledge about sex lack words to tell if they are being abused”(Rosenzweig, 2012). They can easily be manipulated into a web of secrecy and shame as they have no proper reference base to comprehend what is going on.

One of my clients was manipulated into sex with a family member who made her feel that she shared a ‘special’ bond with that person and was loved by that person in a ‘special’ way. Due to the lack of sexual education, she was manipulated into a sexual relationship and she had no way of knowing what it actually was, until later.

Sexual Abuse basically arrests the psycho-sexual development of kids and leads to different kinds of issues when they grow up. Seducing a minor and having sex with a minor is morally and legally wrong.

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And this is why I heartily support Dr. R0senzweig’s suggestions for abuse prevention, in this video.

Dr. Rosenzweig, author of Sex-Wise Parent, suggests that “Keep the lines of communication wide open, including ensuring that your child is comfortable using understandable language about every part of his or her body. Kids without sexual language are much more attractive to pedophiles who traffic in shame and secrecy.”

Please watch this video and give your kids age appropriate sex education as parents are the most powerful influence on their kid’s sexuality.

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About Puja

I am a Counseling Psychologist, Certified EFT Practitioner & Accredited Trainer with AAMET. In my 12+ years of experience, I have effectively used EFT and Counseling to help clients heal their emotional and physical problems.
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