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Dorset Parents Encouraged to Talk "Pants" with their Children


7:41am 13th January 2014
(Updated 8:05am 13th January 2014)

A leading children's charity is urging parents in Dorset to have a chat with their children about their "pants".

The NSPCC has re-launched their "underwear campaign" in a bid to get more Mum's and Dad's warning kids about sexual abuse.

The message focuses on pants being private.

NSPCC Dorset spokesperson Sarah Allum says a large number of people in the county haven't had the chat with their sons or daughters yet;

"The Campaign last year was very successful and our research suggests that we did reach a significant number of parents, who heard and understood the message that we were giving about helping their children to keep safe by discussing the Underwear Rule. However, our poll also suggests that nearly half of those parents at the moment still haven't been able to have that discussion with their children. So we really wanted to get the message out to people again, remind parents that it is a simple message, and that they are by far the best people to help their children to keep themselves safe from sexual abuse."

Sarah added that making sure children are safe from sexual abuse is similar to the other safety messages parents give, "It is a simple message they can give to their children and it's a message no different really than helping your child to keep safe in other ways, for instance when crossing the road, or not talking to strangers. This is in some ways very similar, it's a message of how you can keep your child safe when you're not with them."

When asked is there had been any increase in the number of recent cases for the NSPCC Sarah said, "Sexual abuse has always been a major concern for NSPCC, we're not saying that we're seeing an increase from the figures that have recently being published, however what we are seeing perhaps is more children feeling safe and secure in reporting sexual abuse. There is still a significant under reporting of this sad sad subject though."

For more info on the NSPCC and to find out more about the Underwear Rule click here.

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