Five Good Responses

Let the children be heard, not silenced. It is our responsibility to protect the children and listening can reveal the pain a child is suffering. May the Lord give us wisdom in helping the little ones.

Cyber Support Group

By the Georgia Counsel on Child Abuse

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If a child tells you that he/she has been abused, there are five important things to say during the initial conversation. These are:

1. I believe you

                 2. I am glad you told me.

                                            3. It is not your fault that this happened

                  4. (Sexual) abuse is wrong

                                    5. I will help you so that it will stop. 

The following are examples of possible ways to begin such a conversation. Use these only as a guide and adapt to fit your style of talking.

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