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Sex education is vital in curbing sexual abuse

February 17, 2016 7:05 pm

Early, honest, and open communication between parents and children is very important, especially from a very early age.

It is the first step to the prevention of sexual assault crimes.

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr Myrielle Allen says it won’t be easy or without awkward moments – but children are more likely to speak with parents about anything troubling them.

“‘I think it would be good habits while sex on the genital area is something very hard for most cultures to talk about. I think if we deal with it or talk about it in a matter of fact way that is not malicious then the kids will just openly say don’t touch me there, you know or somebody touched me there, that’s a good way to find out fast’.”

Dr Allen says the earlier the child is taught to do things for themselves such as having a bath or going to the shower that is the time to have the talk with them.

The DPP recorded 12 rape offences with 7 people charged last month.