The Truth About Child Sexual Abuse

Some common misconceptions

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(HealthDayNews) -- Much so-called "common knowledge" about child sexual abuse is, actually, incorrect. Among many misconceptions on the subject:

Furthermore, according to the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), it is estimated that 77 percent of reported abusers are parents and 16 percent are other relatives.

"It is imperative that parents and caregivers establish open communication with their children and be willing to teach them how to protect themselves against sexual abuse, says SIECUS President Tamara Kreinin. "Informed youth are better equipped to protect themselves and are more likely to report sexually abusive and coercive relationships," she says.

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