Sunderland parents are urged to talk “Pants” to protect kids from sex abuse

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PARENTS are today urged to teach their children the “underwear rule” in a bid to protect them from sexual abuse.

The NSPCC campaign has been launched after a survey found parents often never speak to their children about the issue.

The YouGov poll revealed half the parents of five to 17-year-olds who took part in the survey have never brought the subject up with their sons or daughters. And of those who have, 43 per cent said it was a difficult conversation.

The campaign complements the organisation’s ChildLine Schools Service which is visiting every primary school in Sunderland advising children on how to stay safe from all forms of abuse.

The NSPCC has developed an easy-to-remember guide - Talk PANTS - that helps children understand the key points of the rule:

l Privates are private

l Always remember your body belongs to you

l No means no

l Talk about secrets that upset you

l Speak up, someone can help

Pat Buckley, NSPCC service manager for the North East, said: “The shocking case of Savile has horrified many parents and understandably it has heightened concerns around sexual abuse.

“But most abuse is closer to home and if we are to tackle this issue we must prevent it before it even starts.”