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Through my own experiences of being a child that was wrongfully touched by a family member, I hope what I went through will shed a little light on what to look out for.Some of these things might not be anything to worry about, but they might also be warning signs of abuse.
I am aware the majority of men and women who come into the lives of children of single parents are not predators, but let’s be honest, there is a real risk that a percentage could be.In other words, it doesn't matter how well you think you know your family, it only matters that you know and react to the signs of abuse.Most people don't know what signs to look for, or they overlook the little clues in front of them. Something that regularly comes up in conversation is single parents’ concern over who their children are coming into contact with when they are not there. Statistics also tell us 95% of sexually abused children will know their perpetrator (I am not a single parent but many of my friends are. Children who live with a single parent that has a live-in partner are at the highest risk of sexual abuse: they are 20 times more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than children living with both biological parents (As the writer of the children’s book on safe and unsafe touch ‘Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept’ as an advocate for Body Safety education both in the home and in schools, I hear many worrying and frankly very tragic stories from parents whose children have been sexually abused and adult survivors who were sexually abused as young children.