What to do if your child tells you they were touched

LAPD Detective Charles Schlund shares advice for parents about what to do if their child tells them that they've been molested
What To Do If Your Child Tells You They Have Been Touched
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What to do if your child tells you they were touched

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If your child discloses that she has been sexually abused or has received an inappropriate touch. Our first concern is to ensure that there is no further abuse and that the child remains safe. So the first thing to do is to separate the child from the abuser, and to ensure there is no further communication between the abuser and the child. Secondly make a report to law enforcement as soon as possible, and be prepared to have information concerning the possible suspect, additional victims and witnesses. And finally look to preserve evidence. Evidence is crucial in these investigations and they can take many different forms. There could be digital evidence as in the case of email messages, chat messages and digital photographs sent back and forth between the suspect and the victim. There can also be physical evidence as in case of gifts given to the victim by the suspect as part of a grooming process. And finally there can be a biological or DNA evidence as in the case of sexual assault, evidence left on the victim's body or clothing after a sexual encounter. All these things need to be preserved and provided to law enforcement as soon as possible.

LAPD Detective Charles Schlund shares advice for parents about what to do if their child tells them that they've been molested

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Det. Charles Schlund

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Charles Schlund graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with High Honors and Departmental Honors in Philosophy, with a minor in Religious Studies. He is a 13 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, currently assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). 

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