Every child needs and deserves protection and love.
Perhaps you have recently learned of a worrisome sexual interaction that occurred between two children – maybe two children you love or care about. Oftentimes parents feel at a loss as to how this could have happened and how they will re-establish safety in their families and among friends. You are not alone.
Maybe you want to reach out for help but are worried about what will happen – especially if you are the parent of the child who initiated the behavior. We can help you explore having these conversations and consider options for next steps.
Each child needs and deserves understanding and help to make sense of what has happened so they can heal and move forward. Here you can find ways to access those resources for healing and make a plan to prevent further harm starting now.
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
- 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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What People Say...
When I got up the courage to talk to my son, he surprised me by admitting right away that he needed help.
-- Helpline caller