One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.
- Forest E. Witcraft

Respond to Child Abuse

  • The most important thing is to believe your child. Many children who are not believed will not risk telling a trusted adult again.
  • Remain calm and let the child tell his/ her story.
  • Don’t interrogate the child – let them tell their story in their own words.
  • Reassure the child that it is not their fault and that they did nothing wrong.
  • Report the incident to the appropriate authority where professionals will provide the child a safe environment in which to talk to specially trained adults. This lessens the trauma experienced by the child.