The Primary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

Ways We Spread Myths

Myths around the topic of child sexual abuse can be rampant, because we tend to react emotionally rather than rationally. There are a variety of ways in which we spread myths on topics related to sexual violence, ranging from using incorrect terminology, dehumanizing abusers, and stigmatizing mental health, to the conversations we have every day.

The best way we can help stop sexual abuse is by spreading awareness of the facts, awareness of the myths around sexual abuse and how we spread them, and knowing where to go when we need resources related to preventing abuse and reacting to a disclosure of abuse.