Help is available for everyone involved
Perhaps you’ve recently learned that a sexual interaction occurred between an adult and a child you know. You may be confused by the many conflicting feelings that can arise. You are not alone. You will find help here.
Maybe you have suspected something for awhile and are just now feeling ready to find the help each person needs so the abuse can stop and the healing can begin. Wherever you are in your process of establishing protection and safety, we can help you consider your options for next steps.
Reaching out to family members, helping professionals or authorities can seem scary – especially if you feel you are alone. Our guidance and resources can make it a little easier to find help now so the abuse will stop.
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 of Abuse 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
- How Should I Respond to the Child?
- What Should I Do after a Child Tells?
- How Can I Better Understand What My Child is Going Through?
- Possible Reactions of Non-Offending Parents and Caring Adults
- Is the Child Telling Me the Truth?
- What Might the Person Who Has Offended Be Thinking or Feeling after a Disclosure?
- 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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