• Urge your children to tell you about anyone who hurts or scares them or makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Encourage your children to come to you for help no matter what happens.
  • Pay careful attention to persons around your children. Keep in mind that even "nice" people, people you trust, can do mean, hurtful or wrong things.
  • Trust your instincts. Refuse to leave your children in the company of those you do not trust, no matter who that person is.
  • Include information about sexual assault when teaching your children about safety.
  • Teach your children, as early as possible, to care for their own needs, such as bathing, dressing, and using the toilet.
  • Give your children permission to refuse to obey an older child or adult if they believe what is happening is wrong.
  • As always, talk to your children, and encourage them to talk to you. Listen to what they tell you.


One Child's Story of Sexual Abuse

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

What is the HERO Project?

HERO, a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, is a community-based, media-driven, child sexual abuse prevention program designed to educate and motivate adult community members to call the 24-hour HERO Hotline if they suspect child sexual abuse. Learn More about how to step in and stop abuse