Why Should Adults Question Inappropriate Sexual Behavior?

88% of cases of sexual abuse are never reported to the authorities.

(Hanson, R.F., Resnick, H.S., Saunders, B.E., Kilpatrick. D. G., and Best, C.  Factors related to the reporting of childhood sexual assault. Child Abuse and Neglecti, 1999, 23,559-569).

Early interventions reduce the potential for harm and assure that everyone can get the help they need to keep children safe. Since children cannot protect themselves alone, adults must learn to recognize and inquire about behaviors that make children vulnerable or suggest that abuse has occurred. Waiting for children to tell about abuse leaves them to face the confusion and trauma of victimization on their own.