"A child, as they grow up, might never tell anyone this ever happened to them, until they grow up to a stage when they realize it was wrong," said Ann McKinley, a Sexual Assault Advocate.
McKinley works with sexual assault victims and their families. She says many times the signs of sexual abuse in children are subtle and sometimes silent.
"Many times a child's behavior doesn't change if this happens to them," she said.
McKinley adds some kids may try to get their parents attention, resisting being alone with the abuser. Others may put it out of their minds, with the effects returning later in life.
"Sometimes people become permiscous, they don't wanna be involved sexually at all, have problems with intimacy," McKinley said.
She says kids of all ages process words differently, so turning to books and pamphlets is the best way to start a conversation.
"There's lots of books at the public library that help parents read a story with a few little questions at the end," McKinley added.
And she says, it is okay to ask some questions before you leave your child in a place like daycare, school or church.
"How many adults are around, what types of policies do you have for taking kids to the bathroom, changing their clothes, things like that," she said.
Because often times, she says the abuser is not a stranger.
"The person that's much more likely to abuse children is a person who knows how to connect with children, gets into their lives, spends time developing a relationshiop with a child," McKinley said.
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