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Some signs to watch for are: Changes in personality, changes in eating habits, all of a sudden they don’t want to go to so and so's house, layering of clothing (they layer so they will be less accessible), poor hygiene habits as they are trying to make themselves less attractive to others, and changes in levels of self esteem.

She also pointed out that there is a legal responsibility for anyone to report suspected cases of child abuse to either a police officer or a social worker.

For more information visit www.saleemanoon.com , the Web site of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada at www.sexualityandu.ca, and www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/prevention .

Two great books are a Very Touching Book by Jan Hindman (for kids) and More Speaking of Sex by Meg Hickling (for adults).

If you need help call the RCMP or Whistler’s public health and nursing office at 604-932-3202. You can also call 604-310-1234. This number is active 24 hours a day, seven days a week.