There are adults who care and know how to help.
You might be worried or frightened by the way someone is treating you…
Maybe you have a friend in an uncomfortable sexual situation with an older kid or an adult…
You might know another child or teenager who might be sexually abused…
Perhaps you or someone you know did something they shouldn’t have to a younger child…
If any of these situations are true for you, you are not alone.
Even though you may feel like there is nobody you can turn to for help, there are adults who care and who can help guide you. If you don’t feel you can confide in your parents or guardians, find an adult you trust in your extended family, your neighborhood, your school, maybe the parent of a friend. You can take the first step by talking confidentially on a hotline to counselors and advocates who understand these kinds of problems.
Find someone to talk to who understands.
Here are some free and confidential places for children and teens to find help if you don’t know who to talk to.
National Runaway Switchboard
1.800.RUNAWAY (1.800.786.2929) No Caller ID used. 24/7.
If you are thinking about running away, call this number first to talk about options. If you are on the run, this hotline can help you find shelter, relay confidential messages, or get you free transportation home. Spanish available.
Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
Kids and teens can call this line with any problem, anytime 24/7. If you are in crisis or if you just need to talk. Note that caller ID is used, and information you offer may be used to seek other needed assistance.
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
1.800.331.9474 No Caller ID used.
If you’re unsure if you’re in a safe relationship call this number. They offer resources for teens, college students and concerned parents. Spanish available.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Anonymous and confidential hotline routes directly to your closest Sex Assault Crisis Center for counseling and help.
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
Online 7 days/week 10am to 4am
If you are confused or feel you are a victim of sexual assault, this online hotline offers a free, confidential, secure service that provides live help over the RAINN website. It works just like instant messaging.
Child Help USA, National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) No Caller ID used.
Anyone can call this line with questions related to suspected abuse of a child. If you have questions about reporting abuse you can call here, too.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255) 24/7 Caller ID is used.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call this number. If you are feeling depressed or scared they can help 24/7.
You can also explore our website for more information on child sexual abuse prevention. You can bring this information to an adult you trust so they can help you deal with your situation.