Child Abuse Network offers advice to parents whose child may have been abused
TULSA, Okla. – As parents of first graders learn new details about the charges involving Heather Bycroft, many may have questions, which is why 2 News has turned to the experts.
“Usually when the school system is affected by an incident that could alarm a parent or children, they produce documentation and advice,” said Maura Guten, President and CEO of Child Abuse Network.
Bixby school officials met with parents on Friday to address their concerns. Guten said that having conversations with your child about their body is essential.
She said it was extremely important to teach them from an early age what keys are acceptable and which are not.
“With young children, it’s as easy as talking about body parts and using the right terminology and which body parts are not acceptable. With my own child, I say, you know, these are my private parts because they should be kept private, ”she said.
What can parents do if their child has been abused?
“I think the best thing a parent, teacher or someone can do when a child reveals it is to make sure the child knows you believe it because children don’t often lie to it. topic. They are more likely to lie to protect the person who hurt them, ”Guten said.
She said it’s important to have a conversation with your child about who they’ll confide in if someone does something wrong to them.
“Talking about who would you trust to talk to, but you don’t want to go into a lot of detail and certainly if a child revealed something, you wouldn’t want to question the child, you would want to leave that to the professional,” he said. she declared.
Guten said that when a child shows up, parents should immediately report it to law enforcement and the social services department.
She also suggests knowing who, when and where, but not asking the child too many questions.
Guten said the child would then need a therapeutic forensic interview to reduce trauma.
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