Protect children from sex abuse by familiar adults, not just strangers

Integrate sexual abuse prevention education into pre-school curricula to arm children, teachers and caregivers with knowledge to protect kids from abuse at the hands of known adults.

Ask a class of six-year-olds who a "stranger" is and the following responses are what you may get: "A stranger is a bad guy." "Someone who wears black and looks fierce." "A stranger is someone who will put you into a bag and take you away!"

Parents are adept at teaching their children about the concept of stranger danger. When it comes to sexual abuse, however, this notion actually does more harm than good.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2018, with the headline 'Protect children from sex abuse by familiar adults, not just strangers'. Print Edition | Subscribe