Tips When You Suspect Your Child has been Abused

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Tips When You Suspect Your Child has been Abused

1. Learn the Facts. Realities—not trust—should influence your decisions regarding your child.

2. Minimize Opportunity. If you eliminate or reduce one-adult/one-child situations, you’ll dramatically lower the risk of sexual abuse for your child.

3. Talk about it. Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it.

4. Stay Alert. Don’t expect obvious signs when a child is being sexually abused.

5. Make a Plan. Learn where to go, who to call and how to react.

If you suspect any kind of child abuse, please call the Yolo County Child Abuse Hotline: 1-888-400-0022.

Jeff Reisig
Yolo County District Attorney
Yolo County Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center