How to react to a child's molestation

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When I was an eight year old, I was molested by someone I did not know. And honestly, it was the most damaging experience of my life. And back at the time, my parents really did not know how to handle it at all. And there was the thinking, one school of thought was we don´t want to bring it up. We won´t bring it up because that will just upset the child. And so, nobody talked about it ever until I was in my 20s and go into therapy myself. And so I would say that if anything like this is happening in your family, the biggest gift you can give your child is validate the experience for them and validate how devastating this is. And then, get the professional help so that they don´t have to wait 25 years when it has festered and it is really debilitating. And you can begin to process that experience with your child so that you become an ally through the experience rather than creating an isolated situation where the child feels alone and that they have no one they can trust and talk to about this truly awful violation.

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Dani Klein Modisett is the creator/producer/director of the shows “Afterbirth…stories you won’t read in Parents magazine,” and Not What I Signed Up For. These are live storytelling shows where acclaimed actors and writers perform original, funny stories about how marriage and parenting challenges them in unexpected ways. The NY Post raved about Afterbirth… calling it,"the Vagina Monologues for the stroller set.” After playing to sold out audiences for five years in Los Angeles and NYC and also making stops in Boston and San Francisco, an anthology of stories from Afterbirth was published as a book by St. Martin’s Press. Dani is a contributor to Huffington Post, Parents Magazine, and the LA Times. Before having children, Dani worked as a comic, performing across the country and participating in the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival with a solo show she wrote called “The Move.” She also taught Stand-up comedy at UCLA and now teaches a workshop at I O West called “Writing For Performance.” Afterbirth is in production as a web series for the launch of Disney’s website for Mom’s, “Not What I Signed Up For” is being developed as a pilot for television with Jerry Weintraub’s company. Dani is a graduate of Dartmouth College and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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