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.
By the Georgia Counsel on Child Abuse
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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