Child advocate talks about how to spot the warning signs of sexual child abuse

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Aug. 25, 2015)--Several high-profile child porn and exploitation cases have centered in Indiana, and it has many parents asking what they can do to keep their children safe.

Sandy Runkle, an advocate for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, spoke to FOX59 about how to talk to your children.

"Because children are so easily manipulated, we really feel it is an adults responsibility to protect children," said Runkle.

Runkle says children victimized usually know the suspect.

"When a child is perpetrated against, it is almost always by somebody that they know. Over 90 percent of the time. It is rarely a stranger," said Runkle.

Runkle suggests talking to your kids about body safety when they are infants and use the correct names of body parts-- not nicknames. Also, pay attention to the behavior of your child.

"If you are noticing a change in behavior, explore it with your child. It could be nothing or it could be something or somewhere in between," said Runkle.

"We tell our daughters if someone touches you to tell a grown up," said Rowan.

If your child reveals that they have been touched or put in a compromising situation, Runkle says to tell them that you believe  what they are saying and reinforce the fact that it is not their fault.

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