Most sexual abusers are known to you and your child. They are most often family members, friends, and caretakers rather than "strangers."
Be cautious of adults who:
Do not leave your child with these adults even if your lack of trust is "just a feeling." Sexual offenders often do not look or behave differently from nonoffenders.
Let your child know he or she should not keep secrets from you. Explain the difference between a scary "secret" about something "bad," and a "surprise," which is usually "good."
Help your child feel safe and protected. The support and understanding that you provide can help your child know that it is okay to tell you anything.