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News from The Tree House - February 2017

Talking to Children about Sexual Abuse,
and How to Prevent it

Over the last month several people have asked us how to talk to their children about sexual abuse, how to prevent it, and how to empower their children. We shared a very helpful article from the Washington Post on our Facebook page, but decided there was more information you may find useful.   

A large component of avoiding sexual abuse is empowering your child, giving her both tools to use and confidence to use them when faced with a potentially terrifying situation.   

  • Teach your children the correct names for their body parts at a very young age. 

  • Teach your children that their sexual body parts should not be touched by anyone else unless they are a doctor or someone who must touch them to provide care. 

  • Teach your children that if someone must touch these parts of their body that their parent or trusted caregiver should be there. 

  • Teach your children that if someone tries to touch or look at these areas, or shows them their "private" areas, they should tell their parent or caregiver right away. 

  • Teach your children that it is OKAY TO SAY "NO" if someone tries to touch them in a way that makes them scared or uncomfortable.  Related to this, you should respect boundaries that children set when playing with them and you should never force a child to hug, kiss, or sit on someone's lap if they don't want to. 

  • Teach your children that body secrets are not okay. If someone has touched them and tells them to keep it a secret, they should tell you right away. 

  • Teach your children that you will never be upset with them if they tell you about someone touching them in a way that made them scared or uncomfortable. They will never be in trouble for coming to you for help. 

As a parent, you too can help prevent abuse. 

  • Be involved in your child's life in and outside of the home. Know their friends' parents, teachers, and coaches. 

  • Understand that your child may feel more comfortable talking with a trusted adult who is not you. Know who these adults are. 

  • Be aware of the TV shows, movies, and video games your child plays, as well as the apps your child uses.  Talk about how they can stay safe when using technology. 

  • Be aware that most abusers are known by their victims. 

  • When your child wants to talk with you, listen and be engaged. 

  • If you have a teen be sure they are involved in activities that boost their self-confidence. 

  • Remember that talking about sex is not a one-time thing. It is an ongoing discussion. 

Most of the information above was from the  The U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website, a site that has much more than what we have shared here, including topics specifically geared toward teenage children. You can also find information about teaching children about sex in an age appropriate manner at Family Education, Take some time to read and learn.  It will be time well spent. 

Our Biggest Event of the Year is Quickly Approaching!

We are delighted to present our latest Tree House Tour de Cookie sponsors...
For more information about how YOU can be a sponsor, click here.
Yoo-hoo...Riders! Yes, we mean YOU.
Winter is not coming this year. DO NOT wait for a change in seasons to register.
Do it now!  To receive a t-shirt you MUST register by April 17th!
(Psst. Bike rentals are coming and we'll let you know here when they are set up.
Having no bike is no excuse anymore.)

Time to introduce a few more cookie stands,
the heart and stomach of our event!

Our Family Expo is shaping up nicely too!  
After your ride spend some time visiting with our vendors and having lunch at one of our food trucks. Perhaps you'd like to dance with our DJ or enjoy the kids area, new this year.  

If you are a vendor or work with an organization that would like a booth at the expo, learn more about how you can get involved here.  

If you are a talented student and would like to perform at our event (yes, for SSL hours!) send us an email at
We are currently recruiting volunteers for our event.
Click here to sign up as a volunteer.

Just as our last newsletter went out we had a wonderful visit from Kathy Caisse of Child's Play in Rockville and Arlene Hale and Matty Gladstone of the Montgomery Village Kiwanis Club. Over the holidays the Kiwanis Club provided gift wrapping services in front of Child's Play and asked for donations to The Tree House CAC of Montgomery County Maryland. Well, they must have been very busy wrapping because they brought us just shy of $3000! AMAZING!
Check out the great events below.
The Tree House will benefit, if you go!
Help us spread the word about The Tree House.  Forward this newsletter to a few friends!

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