- Stay calm and neutral when talking to your child.
- Pay close attention to your words and actions. Show interest in what your child says and do not react with shock, horror or indifference.
- Don’t offer names of possible offenders or possible acts of abuse.
- Listen to the information, but don’t ask for all the details.
- Don’t videotape or audiotape your conversation with your child.
- Allow your child to tell in his or her own way and in his or her own time.
- Let your child know that you believe what he or she is telling you.
- Tell your child that it is not his or her fault and that he or she is not in trouble.