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LASD - Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Monday April 8th, 2019 :: 12:09 p.m. PDT


April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month. Include "secret touching" in safety talks with your young children.

Did you know that nationally, it is reported that 80,000 children are sexually abused each year? Approximately 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will be abused before they turn 18, with children aged 7-9 years old being the ones most commonly molested? 95% of all sexual offenses against a child are done by someone they know and trust or the family knows and trusts.

While this is a difficult topic to discuss, April is National Child Abuse Awareness month, and Lancaster Sheriff's Station and Palmdale Sheriff's Station Suspect Child Abuse Report Deputies had a chance to attend the Assistance League of Antelope Valley's presentation this past Friday.

With numerous resources, knowledgeable guest speakers and support from the Antelope Valley Hospital's Forensic Services Unit, our deputies received so much good information on how to asses each situation.

So what can we do as parents/caregivers of young children?

- Blend a discussion of sexual abuse with other "safety" talks. While children may be too young to discuss things in a sexual manner, the safety talk should cover "secret touching". Use the same tone and words we would use with other safety talks such as looking both ways when you cross the street and wearing your seat belt.

- Be clear that genitals and breasts are private. Sometimes a parent or doctor may need to exam or help bathe those areas, but this should never be done in secret. "Secret touching" is not ok.

- Do not use phrases such as "good touch/bad touch". Predators will tell children touching them is a "good touch" and their actions are ok. Again, "secret touching" is a better way to explain to children the inappropriate behavior.

- Speak and listen quietly to children. Ensure they know and understand that no one will ever be mad at them for speaking out. It's important children feel safe and loved in all discussions.

- Emphasize that NO ONE should secretly touch your child. While we often warn our children about Stranger Danger, a young child's mind will be very confused when it involves someone they/their family knows and trusts.

Remember, with support and good treatment, most victims will recover. As with any safety concern for your child, be proactive in the protection of your child and home. For more information about child abuse, visit:

Lancaster Sheriff’s Station polices the City of Lancaster, Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, and the unincorporated communities of Antelope Acres, Lake Los Angeles, and Quartz Hill in the Antelope Valley.
Ali Villalobos
Lancaster Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
501 W Lancaster Boulevard
Lancaster, CA 93534
Station (661) 948-8466
Desk (661) 524-2154
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LASD - Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
501 W Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

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