Priest Abuse: How To Tell Your Child What To Watch Out For

'You have to have a relationship with your child where they can come to you and talk about their anxiety'

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - With all of the Priest abuse in the headlines recently, it can be difficult to tell a small child what to watch out for without scaring them.

Forensic Psychologist, Alice Applegate, joined KDKA Radio on Monday to help explain the approach a parent should use. She said,

“You’re going to have to find a way to talk to your child about the birds and the bees consistent with your family norms and your child’s development level.” Applegate continued,

“You have to have a relationship with your child where they can come to you and talk about their anxiety.”

Make sure your child is willing to confront you. Let him or her know they should never hold anything in.

“Ask them open ended questions. Don’t put words in their mouth, don’t put ideas in their head and don’t assume you know what happened,” Applegate added.

Make it clear what inappropriate activity is. Tell them what adults should not be doing with kids;

“No tickling, no horseplay, no private trips,” said Applegate.

Adults should also give their child a code word to text in case there is an emergency. Applegate tells KDKA,

“Try to have some kind of system in place before something happens.”

The more people talk about it, more and people will speak out. According to Applegate;

“We are finally getting to the point where we have mandated reporters as of 2013 and we are openly talking about this kind of thing.”

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