Grand Island YWCA hosts Protecting Our Children session

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Updated: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:45:48 CST

An estimated 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys under 18 are sexually abused in the U.S. The YWCA of Grand Island hosted an unconventional, informational session last night for parents called Protecting Our Children: Advice from child molesters.

Cory Jensen, who serves as Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon, says traditional prevention methods like good touch, bad touch, stranger danger and say no, go tell don't work... and actually increase risk.
 
"Very often offenders will talk to kids and make them think they're going to get in trouble, or they've been going along with this so now it's their fault. So parents need to talk to kids about how someone might trick them into going along with it or not telling."
 
The seminar was developed through advice from child molesters on how they felt they were able to get away with abuse. Experts say it's important to talk with kids several times a year about sexual abuse... and how it is never their fault.