Open communication throughout childhood is very important
Talk with your child every day and take time to really listen and observe. Learn as many details as you can about your child’s activities and feelings. Encourage him to share problems and concerns with you.
Open up healthy communication with your children about sexuality using simple and accurate language, thus breaking the cultural silence on the subject. Molesters rely upon our silence.
Teach children to identify their feelings, including the feeling of being mixed-up or confused. If they ever feel mixed-up or sad because someone asks them to keep a
secret, they can ask you for help.
Remind your child that sometimes we like touching and sometimes we don’t, but that touching is never a secret. Children can say "no touching" and they shouldn’t touch someone else who says, "No touching."
If you think your child has been abused
Believe your child. Children rarely lie about sexual abuse.
Praise the child for telling you about the experience.
Convey your support for the child. A child’s greatest fear is that it is their fault. Telling your child he is not responsible is extremely important.
Control your reaction. Do not let the child see how upset you may be.