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Communication Tips to Prevent Abuse

Talk about body parts. Use their correct names and identify which are private.

Set good boundaries and talk about them. Respect a child's right to say "no" when they do not want to be touched or feel threatened.

Discuss what to do if someone breaks the rules. Identify more than one adult a child could talk to.

Communicate the importance of not keeping secrets. Talk to your child about the difference between a surprise and a secret.

Model open, calm communication. We all get angry sometimes, but by modelling self-calming techniques, you can show that you are a safe person to talk about difficult topics with.

Have these conversations early and often. Show your child that no topic is off-limits.

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