After teacher is accused of sexual assault, a teachable moment for families

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- One day after a former Rosarian Academy teacher was accused of the sexual assault of two students, mental health professionals said the arrest was a teachable moment for parents and their children.

"Probably the hardest thing of all for parents is to teach appropriate language to the correct names for body parts so that we kind of make it a safe place for kids to tell us if somebody touched us in a certain place," said Dr. Elaine Rotenberg, a clinical director at the Ferd and Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service.

Rotenberg said parents often shy away from the conversation with their children.

"The thing that is concerning is, 'what happens to create a space where kids are not comfortable coming forward early?' And, there's all kinds of reasons. And, that's why our kids are such a vulnerable part of our population, because kids are wired to trust adults," Rotenberg said.

Rotenberg said children needed to hear about privacy at an early age.

"We want our kids to be innocent kids in a lovely world and, we all want that, but yet we can do these kinds of things and talk about privacy and boundaries, and good touch and bad touch, and that most of the people in the world are good people," Rotenberg said.

Rotenberg said the Ferd and Gladys Alpert Jewish Family & Children's Service offered valuable resources for parents and children .

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