A courageous firsthand account of suffering sexual abuse at the hands of a camp counselor at age 10 is contained in a soon to be released book by Senator Scott Brown. Against all Odds is a book that will offer salutary lessons to parents about what to beware of about their kids going away to camp.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sexual abuse can happen anywhere – at home, church and summer camp.
An estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are subject to some kind of sexual abuse before they turn 18 says the CDC.
Rather than preventing kids from going to summer camp and so on, it is more important for parents to instill good sense in kids – they should be explained clearly who is allowed to touch what and where.
Parents also need to look out for signs of sexual abuse in their kids – the signs may not be obvious but a child could appear more withdrawn, inaccessible or emotionally absent when it comes to family interactions.
Upon seeing any telltale signs, parents can tactfully try and find out what the matter is and then try and find out what the child is scared of; inquiring if the child is comfortable about speaking to the school counselor or similar.