Jeff Herman is a nationally recognized attorney who has represented numerous victims of sexual abuse. He founded Herman Law in Boca Raton, Florida and has represented over a thousand victims nationwide who were victims of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation. In addition to representing these victims, Jeff Herman and the attorneys at his law firm help the victims get into therapy and help them find a support system so that they can heal. Jeff Herman is noted for exposing pedophile priests around the country and helped to win a $100 million verdict for his client who was abused by a priest.
In an article on Chronicleweek.com titled “Jeff Herman Shares Tips for Parents to Protect Children Against Sexual Abuse,” he provides four tips on how parents can talk to their children about sex crimes and sexual predators. First, parents should keep the discussion age appropriate when talking about their children’s bodies and boundaries. Second, parents should teach their children to say “no.” Third, parents should emphasize that teachers, police officers, clergy, family members, and other people who are normally trustworthy can be sexually abusive. Finally, parents should have regular talks with their children and keep the lines of communication open.
It’s important for parents to build trust with their children and to have a great relationship with them. This will help parents to recognize any unusual changes in their behavior. Unusual behaviors may include the child acting out sexually, depression, anger, anxiety, or regressing to toddler-like behaviors. Building trust will also help children to be comfortable with talking to their parents about sensitive issues that are bothering them. Parents must also get to know the adults in their children’s lives. Sexual predators like to groom their victims, and social media makes this an easy thing to do. Parents need to have access to their children’s online social media account and get involved with what their children are doing.