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KHQ CRIME TRACKER: 'Breaking the silence' on child sexual abuse

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Watch KHQ's Kalae Chock's special report on child sexual abuse on KHQ November 4th, 5th and 6th on KHQ Local News at 5 & 6 Watch KHQ's Kalae Chock's special report on child sexual abuse on KHQ November 4th, 5th and 6th on KHQ Local News at 5 & 6
SPOKANE, Wash. -

KHQ is "Breaking the Silence" and shedding light on childhood sexual abuse.

Crime Tracker Kalae Chock is bringing awareness to this sensitive topic after she spoke with a a North Spokane father effected by child molestation.

The father asked KHQ to hide his face, alter his voice and use a different name to protect the identity of his daughter.

"Todd" told KHQ his 6-year-old daughter was molested and raped over the course a of a year by a teenager the family knew.

Like most cases, "Todd's" daughter knew the teenager and trusted the person that molested her.

"Todd" and his family learned about the abuse when their daughter reported it to her teacher during a school safety program.

"You want to take that time machine and go back in time and you want to try and fix and save your child, but you dont' have that opportunity," "Todd" said to KHQ.

However, "Todd" said if there is one thing that can come out of this tragedy, it is to increase awareness.

KHQ reached out to Child Abuse Expert Karen Winston, Winston said teaching your child what is and is not appropriate is the first step.

"Help your child understand the body rules, what parts can't be touched and what to do if those parts are touched," Winston said. "So you empower your child."

Tips that Winston gave us were:

  • Empower your child to say "Stop" and to get away.
  • Teach them to tell another adult, even if the person touching them is someone they love and trust.
  • Keep the doors in the house open.
  • Always check on your kids.
  • Make sure you know the people spending time around your kids.

"Todd" said the most important thing is to trust your gut.

"If you have a voice in your head that says this is a bad idea, listen to it. Follow that voice," "Todd" said.

KHQ's Kalae Chock will continue her 3-part "Breaking the Silence" on November 5th - 6th. 

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