Not About Elephants

Hey! There’s an elephant in the living room.

Shh. We’re pretending it’s not there.

That’s crazy. It’s enormous and it’s noisy.

Maybe if we act casual no one will notice.

Are you kidding me?

Just look the other way. Pretend you don’t see it.

No way. Look at the mess it’s making.

No one would allow a real live elephant in their living room. The consequences would be disastrous. The mess would be unbelievable. Still we do have elephants in our living room. They are the things we don’t want to talk to about and want to pretend are not really there.

I wrote a book about my elephant. My elephant is called sexual abuse.

No one wants to talk about sexual abuse. Most people would rather it didn’t happen, but ignoring it won’t make it go away.

Our best defense against sexual abuse is education. We need to start talking about it. We need to open the doors of knowledge because knowledge is power. Kids who don’t know about sexual abuse are more at risk than kids who have been informed. Parents who don’t understand the danger of sexual abuse may miss the chance to arm their kids with tools. Uninformed parents may also miss the warning signs that something is wrong.

It isn’t easy to talk to kids about sexual abuse, but wise parents find the words. If you don’t know how to open this discussion, Some Secrets Hurt was written for you. Get your copy today and have that talk. Empower your child to take control of his or her own body.

You Can Do It.

Linda Garner

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