April 17, 2008 at 10:44 PM CDT - Updated July 26 at 6:25 AM
by Christa Lollis
East Texas child advocate centers say that sexual contact with children is something that occurs everywhere but there are ways to bring the numbers down. The Angelina Alliance For Children says there are tell tale signs parents can look out for. Amy Donahoe with the alliance says many times children who have been sexually abused will have many drastic changes in behavior. Sometimes they will begin wetting the bed, not sleeping and will have emotional outbreaks. The biggest thing is making sure your children know to speak up when something has happened. First of all by not telling nothing is done about it and in children holding this in is not healthy emotionally and it's going to affect the rest of their life," Donahoe explains. The Angelina Alliance even offers classes to parents to make sure they are educated on sexual abuse and if you would like more information on that you can go to www.angelinaalliance.org.