Prevention Programs In School Might Help Kids Recognize Abuse

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School-based sexual abuse prevention programs can teach children to recognize mistreatment and might increase self-protective behaviors.

However, the programs have a downside: they could heighten anxieties, making children more fearful of strangers, the review cautions.

"It was a concern that anxiety may be increased as we found in the review, but we were pleased that there was an increase in knowledge," said lead reviewer Karen Zwi of Sydney Children's Hospital in Australia. "The important issue is whether

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