Sometimes it is nice to try to ignore the bad things that happen in this world and pray that ignorance is bliss. We assume that if we do not hear or see it happening that it simply does not. These horrible things could never happen to someone you love. Child sexual assault can be hiding within your family and you could very well never know.
Children do not have to understand how sex works or why humans gain a sexual desire but they need to know the basics. They need to be shown where their “no-no area” or “private area” is and know that other people should never touch them there or be asked to touch someone else there.
Many times when a child is sexually abused it is by a close adult who explains to the child that the abuse is love. They are told not to tell and that it will be their secret. Children often will not understand that what is happening is wrong, since someone they trust tell them it is in fact okay.
Since “tattle-telling” is frowned on they will not bother to explain to another trusted adult what is happening. They do not have a comprehension of the abuse they are suffering and will continue to keep the secret.
Children will still be able to have a relationship with the abuser and in many cases love to spend time with them. Especially if the abuser is a parent the need of relying on and loving the parent trump the strange encounters they share. They are grateful for the attention they receive because they have no idea of negative impact it imposes on their well being.
By simply explaining to a young child that no one should ever touch them there beside to help wipe or by a doctor with a parent present they will be more likely to see the hidden danger that may be lurking. It is always better for a child to think bad of a good situation than okay of a bad situation. Everyone can help bring education to children and help prevent or stop this dangerously under reported crime.