If a child tells you that he/she has been abused, there are five important things to say during the initial conversation. These are:
- I believe you.
- I am glad you told me.
- It is not your fault this happened.
- (Sexual) Abuse is wrong.
- I will help you so that it will stop.
The following are examples of possible ways to begin such a conversation. Use these only as a guide and adapt to fit your style of talking.
- I have been worried about you lately. Is there anything that you would like to talk about?
- Something seems to be bothering you. Would you like to talk so that I may help you?
- I have been able to help other children who have problems. If you would be willing to tell me what is bothering you, maybe I can help you, too.
- If a child asks you to promise not to…
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