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MP SPEAKS | Child abuse: Destructive messaging and precedents

MP SPEAKS | I had a chat with my young adult daughter about the experience of sexual abuse reported by a 15-year-old girl on a YouTube channel. I asked her a simple question, “If you were in her shoes, what would you expect to happen?”.

This is what she said:

1. Immediate investigation on the accused regardless of a police report.

2. When a child reports something like that, believe her.

3. Parents assume that children know nothing, but we know a lot more than you think!

4. Children should be encouraged to speak, not shutting them down.

5. If she can’t speak to a family member about it, someone else should. And lastly…

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