Talking to your kids about sexual abuse

Posted at 11:14 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 23:17:42-05

Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for the sexual abuse he had done on over 150 women. 

Nassar's entire trial and sentencing has led to many difficult situations for families to discuss. According to Gretchen Szymanski, Director of Clinical Services at Child and Family Services, communication is incredibly important in having your child feel more comfortable. 

"Talking with them on a regular basis, on a daily basis to at least ask them how their day is going."

It's important to have that communication exist because often, children do not even know abuse is happening. 

"Very often victims are not always quite sure that something happened in the first place."

Most important, parents should not blame the child. They need a comfortable environment to explain their abuse. 

"They're not the ones who did anything wrong, they didn't want to engage in the sexual act."