No parent wants to believe that their child has been sexually abused. It is painful to believe that someone close to you and your family could hurt your child and break your trust. If your child discloses sexual abuse you may feel shock, outrage, perhaps disbelief and anger.

You are not an abuser. Do not feel guilty. You are not the one who hurt your child! Your child and you need support and help with this trauma!

It is, however, very important for you to control your feelings so that you can be supportive of your child. It is best that your child not see you express your anger and pain.

Most children don’t tell because they are afraid they will be blamed, disbelieved or rejected.

Here are some suggestions on how to handle disclosures:

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