WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- The statistics on child sex abuse are staggering. One in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

Michele Booth Cole, Executive Director for Safe Shores, joined WUSA 9's Lesli Foster to talk more about how you can protect children.

The advocacy center helps to heal children whose lives have been broken apart by abuse.

Michele Booth Cole says if you have a hunch a child has been abused, you shouldn't ignore it.

She says some of the signs parents should look for are:

If a child reports or tells you

Regressive behaviors

New fears or not wanting to do something that he or she previously enjoyed

Sudden changes in personality

Each month, Safe Shores hosts a free class to educated parents, caregivers and the community on how to spot and stop the hands that hurt.

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