Most sexual abusers are known to you and your child. They are most often family members, friends, and caretakers rather than "strangers."
Be cautious of adults who:
Do not leave your child with these adults even if your lack of trust is "just a feeling." Sexual offenders often do not look or behave differently from nonoffenders.
Let your child know he or she should not keep secrets from you. Explain the difference between a scary "secret" about something "bad," and a "surprise," which is usually "good."