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(p. 369) Enhancing Safety and Future Development 

(p. 369) Enhancing Safety and Future Development
(p. 369) Enhancing Safety and Future Development

Esther Deblinger

, Anthony P. Mannarino

, Judith A. Cohen

, Melissa K. Runyon

, and Anne H. Heflin

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date: 21 October 2020

This chapter highlights important educational and skill-building activities designed to enhance children’s personal safety and future development in the aftermath of child sexual abuse (CSA). Parent, child, and conjoint session activities are described. The parent session presents the rationale and importance of sex education for youth who have been sexually abused. Methods and role plays for introducing body safety skills training to both parents and children are presented as well. Ideas for engaging parents and children in conjoint sex education and personal safety skills exercises are also presented. Suggestions and materials for continuing sex education and safety skills training through practice activities between sessions are recommended.

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