When warning signs appear, it's time to learn more.
Perhaps you are feeling uncomfortable about something that might have occurred between an adult and a child. You may only have vague details or feel uncertain about what is really going on.
If you are seeing signs in people you know or care about that may indicate that a child or teen is at risk of being sexually abused, now is the time to take a step.
Many people have shared with us that their first step was to trust their gut feeling that something just wasn’t right. If you are having mixed feelings about speaking up, we encourage you to trust your intuitions and explore your options here.
Child sexual abuse is almost always a gradual process, not a single event. The more you understand about how and why it happens, the more effective you can be at preventing or stopping it. We can help you make a plan now to step in before a child is harmed.
Explore a full menu of topics using the navigation (Your Help Center) on the top left of this page. For a quick response, go to the Key Steps on the top right.
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- Recognizing Warning Signs
- Definitions of Child Sexual Abuse
- How Abuse Happens
- Understanding Sexual Behavior in Kids
- Warning Signs in Adults and Children
- Warning Signs in Children (Behavioral and Physical)
- Signs an Adult May Be At-Risk to Harm a Child
- Behaviors to Watch Out for When Adults are with Children
- How Can I Tell if My Child Has Been Sexually Abused?
- Warning Signs a Young Person May Be a Target of Online Sexual Abuse
- Warning Signs of Someone's Dangerous or Illegal Online Activity
- Prevention and Safety
- Keys to Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children
- Creating a Plan for Safety
- Considering Filing Reports
- Talking About It
- Finding the Courage to Speak Up
- Speaking to Someone with a Sexual Behavior Problem
- When a Child Tells About Sexual Abuse
- Recovery and Therapy
- For Children and Adults Who Have Been Abused
- For Those At-Risk to Abuse Others or Who Have Offended
- For Parents and Caregivers
- Reporting and Legal Issues
- Filing Reports
- Child Protective Services and Police
- Legal Issues
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