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Ways to prevent and avoid child abuse

As students and parents anticipate another academic school year, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan and the Terrie Hess House Child Advocacy Center would like to share some child safety tips. It is important for children and parents to be aware of their surroundings, and to be ready to act quickly if dangerous situations occur.
• Teach your children their full name, address and phone number. Make sure they know when it is appropriate to share this information.
• Teach your children your full name.
• Teach your children to listen to their feelings, and that it is OK to tell and adult “No” if they are asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
• Teach your children to say “No” to anyone attempting to touch them on the parts of their body where their swimsuit covers.
• Teach your children to say “No,” then “Get away” and to tell someone if a person bothers them.
• Teach your children to refuse anything from strangers, including money, gifts or rides. Make sure you know where new items that your children have come from.
• Do not place your children’s names on their clothing or on the outside of their possessions.

The Terrie Hess House is a Child Advocacy Center and is an accredited member of the National Children��s Alliance. They are a specialized program serving children who have been physically or sexually abused and their families.
Bringing together police, prosecutors, social workers, child protection workers, health and mental health providers. Child Advocacy Centers assess, investigate and offer a coordinated service response to the physical, emotional and legal dimensions of child abuse. They serve children from birth up to age 18.

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