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Child Abuse Prevention

Child abuse is a fact in our society and matter of great concern for most parents throughout our country.  The Boy Scouts of America shares in this concern.

One of the best strategies for child abuse prevention is for parents to have an ongoing communication with their children.  Often this is difficult, especially for working parents and parents with adolescents.  But it is worthwhile to talk to your children every day and take time to observe.  Encourage your children to share their concerns and problems with you.  BY doing this you are not an inquisitor, but a concerned parent.

The most obvious abuses in which we are able to detect in children are physical and sexual abuse.

Indicators To Be Watchful For Are

Bruises - Usually bruises are seen on the back, bock of legs, buttocks, eyes, cheeks or back of ears.  Also there are bruises located to the back of the forearms sustained while children attempt to block the blows.

Extreme behavior changes - For example, an outgoing child becomes sullen or introverted.  A well behaved child becomes aggressive.

Suicide threats or attempts - Very young children can become depressed and attempt suicide, and not just teen-agers.  Do not treat suicide threats or attempts lightly.

Sexual Behaviors - Sexually abused children have problems with regressing developmentally achieved tasks.  (Example: reverting to bedwetting)  They also participate in excessive masturbation and exploratory sexual activity with other children.

Do not blame yourself.  Sexual abuse is a fact in our society.  Many individuals who molest children find work through employment and community activities which gives them access to children.  The vast majority of abuse cases occur in situations where the child knows and trusts the adult.  So do your homework well, but remember a community and national consciousness is needed before we can stop sexual molestation in our society.

All registered leaders are required to see a film related to child abuse, which is provided by the Boys Scouts of America.  When you suspect a child has been abused or a child has told you they have been abused, you need to direct your call to Mr. Kent Caraway, Scouting Executive of Indian Nations Council.  His phone number is 743-6125.  The Scout office will in turn notify the Protective Services in your area.  If you feel the child may be in immediate danger then you should contact the law enforcement at 911 or your local police department.

For More Information:

"Child Abuse" Let's talk about it - A statement by the Boy Scouts of America.

How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse

National Child Abuse Hotline, Child Help USA toll free 24 hour hotline 1-800-422-4453.

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