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Child sexual abuse statistics are confronting. From the reported cases known, somewhere between 1 in 5 girls, and 1 in 9 boys will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday¹

What is equally terrifying is that in approximately 95% of child sexual abuse cases, the offender was known to the child²

The abuser will most likely be a close family member, a family friend or some-one the child comes into contact with regularly. The perpetrator is rarely a stranger.

With these staggering statistics in mind, it is crucial we teach our children age-appropriate Body Safety Education from a young age. We teach road safety, fire drills and water safety — it is time to teach our children Body Safety.

So many survivors of childhood sexual abuse say to me: if only they had known from the first inappropriate touch, it was wrong; how very different their lives would have been. Don’t let your fear of this topic put your child at risk.

A free Body Safety Rules Poster is available and can be downloaded from here and displayed in homes, kindergartens, schools and anywhere children are!

My Body Safety rules

Having this poster displayed sends a clear message that your child is educated in Body Safety and your child is educated to TELL!

Have you ever talked to your children about body safety? Please share with us in the comments below.

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¹ (Pereda, et al 2009).
² (NAPCAN 2009).
  • This really scares me, i feel so bad for children that this has happened to


    • Please spread the inportance of teaching Body Safety Education to all the parents you know!

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  • When I read stats like these it shocks and terrifies me. I worry so much about the safety of my children. I do hope that I have the required information and support so that I can properly educate my children.


    • Please visit my website for more free information. And remember an informed child is educated to tell!

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  • sometimes I wish this was educated at kindergarten and maybe prep. its not just strangers that you don’t know that may touch, its also families and friends too, speak up and trust your child/ren if something happens, never every brush it away or say don’t be silly, ur lying etc as its not something that a child would easily talk about in a every day conversation.

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  • I am very fortunate that my kids had police staff coming to their schools when they were in primary telling them about not talking to strangers etc. and thanking the policeforce for their precious time .These talks are invaluable and allows them to build confidence to use their initative that if it is not safe, then it’s not safe. There are just too many bad news with missing people etc that even adults have to be vigilant in looking after ourselves. May we all have a safe Christmas and New Year .

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  • The statistics are very scary and having four children I always worry. Both hubby and I have had age appropriate conversations with all our children and explained the importance of telling mummy and daddy everything and never hiding secrets even if someone they know tells them to. We have also explained that your body is private and besides yourself, your parents( when giving baths etc) and doctors no one should ever touch you on private parts.

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  • My 15 yo daughter was a victim of rape. I happily sent her off with a friend to attend a science expo (recommended by her teachers as she ps looking at studying nursing.) Unbeknown to me the friend had a much older boyfriend who was involved in a gang of African boys who preyed on young girls. They befriend them, lure them to a house where they are raped. A part of me died when I realised how badly I had failed to protect my daughter. She’s pretty messed about it. What makes it worse is its suspected the ‘friend’ was in on the deceit too :,(


    • I am so so sorry to hear of your daughter’s tragic situation. I hope her healing continues over time.

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  • Lke bd

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  • We went do different information evenings when our daughter was in primary school. And there were specialists talking to adults and kids (in a easy way) about this topic. My daughter was in Year 2 at that time and it was really well done and informative. With a lot of involvement of the kids too.

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  • I have been teaching my daughter toddler correct names of body parts since I have been following your Facebook page. You have so much wonderful information to help us empower our children. Thank you so much

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  • So very glad I read this – such a hard topic to talk about with kids. I love the look of your book too.

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  • Thanks for sharing. This is one of my biggest fears for my daughter.


    • An educated child is an empowered child. Education is simple and not scary at all. Teach upir daughter Body Safety and give her a voice. I am sure she will grow into an amazing, strong woman!

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  • Thank you so much for reinforcing this subject and the time you have taken to bring this to our attention and supplying the wonderful download .

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  • Lke it

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  • a timely article considering all the horrible events in the recent past that have happened to children. I think the free download is a great teaching tool and I will be downloading and sharing with both my girls (8 and 4) so thank you very much for providing it


    • Fantastic! Place it on the fridge so people visiting know your children are educated in Body Safety!

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