How to tell if your child is molested
Kids are scared to tell anyone about being molested.
A new study from Rutgers University researchers suggests kids are even less likely to tell parents what happened to them.
But that’s not all.
Researchers say kids are more likely to believe that they’re being molished and to believe it’s their fault than they are to believe they are being raped or abused.
“It’s really about the idea that you have to protect yourself and you have the right to be safe,” says study author Amanda Reimers, an assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers University.
“If you don’t, the whole world becomes very uncomfortable, and you’re going to have to deal with it.”
“I think it’s the responsibility of parents to do whatever it takes to protect their kids from the possibility of being harmed,” says Reimer, who was born and raised in the state of New Jersey and now lives in New York City.
“I think this is a huge societal issue and a huge problem for the country.”
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Reimers and her colleagues examined the relationship between parental trustworthiness and the prevalence of sexual abuse.
They found that parents who reported they or their children had been molested by their spouse were more likely than those who did not to be protective of their children.
The researchers say the findings also indicate that children who are sexually abused by a spouse are more at risk for future sexual abuse and may have a greater risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
“The more we can make people believe that we know what happened, the more likely they are not to report it to us,” Reimings says.
“I don’t think there is a way around this.
It’s a moral obligation.”
The researchers also found that children with parents who were more trusting of their own integrity were more than twice as likely to report being molared.
“That suggests parents have to be able to trust their own credibility to be credible to their kids,” Reisers says.
The study, “Trustworthiness and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Parents: Implications for Children’s Exposure to Sexual Abuse,” is published in the journal Developmental Psychology.
The researchers asked children from a large national sample of more than 2,200 parents to complete a self-report survey.
They then analyzed data on trustworthiness, reported sexual abuse, and reported victimization by their parents.
Researchers found that trustworthiness was negatively correlated with reported sexual victimization and negatively correlated to the frequency of reporting abuse by parents.
“Parents who reported being abused by their spouses were less likely than parents who did report abuse by their own spouses to report that they were trustworthy to their children,” Reimerings says, adding that parents with more trustworthiness were less at risk of perpetrating sexual victimizations.
But Reimars says it’s important to remember that this doesn’t mean children in abusive situations are lying to their parents, but that children in situations where they trust their parents are less likely or unwilling to report abuse.
“There are a lot of myths out there about parents that are so damaging and damaging to their child that parents have this incredible responsibility,” she says.
“They need to tell these stories and be able talk about it with their kids.
That’s not something we can control.”
Read more:Parents of young children say they don’t feel safe in public: studyThe research is the latest in a series of studies that have documented a correlation between trustworthiness as a child and the likelihood that a child will be exposed to sexual violence by their parent or caregiver.
Reimrs believes that the lack of trustworthiness in parents may make it difficult for kids to understand how to be respectful to their parent.
“People have this idea that it’s all about being polite and caring, but if you have a person that you trust and respect, you can be respectful and not be disrespectful,” Reimsers says, pointing out that children are not born with the capacity to be assertive and assertive.
Reimsers notes that parents may feel a sense of responsibility for their children and may be less likely in some situations to report sexual victimizing behavior to authorities.
But she adds that even when they do report sexual abuse by a parent, parents can be able help protect their children from abuse.”[Parents] need to be very careful about their communication, and they need to think about the safety of their kids, and not allow themselves to be too vulnerable,” Reiserings says.
“There are so many things we can do to protect our children.”
In addition to providing information on ways to prevent sexual abuse among children, Reimiers says parents should also have good intentions in their communication with their children, and understand that if a child is being sexually abused, that’s something they need help dealing with.
Reimes is a co-author on the study, which also included researchers from the University of Virginia, Ohio State University, and the University