Library of Resources

We know that lack of information is a key barrier in taking a step to prevent child sexual abuse. That's why we've also made available a searchable database of the resources used by our Helpline staff as an additional tool for understanding child sexual abuse and taking actions to prevent it. While we carefully review each resource, inclusion in this library does not mean that we endorse or recommend the resource. Please review any resource carefully for relevance to your own personal situation. 

To find resources, enter the title, a portion of the title or any key word to bring up all relevant resources.

Please note that we are always happy to learn of a new resource for sexual abuse prevention and invite anyone to forward resouces to us for review. 

Titlesort ascending Description
“She did WHAT?” “He said WHAT?” How to Respond to the Sexual Behaviors of Children (BARCC)

A resource for understanding and evaluating sexual behavior and sexual development in children. Available in both English and Spanish.
Tags: Age Appropriate Behavior, Bi-Lingual, Trainings, Professional, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, BARCC

Your Life Your Voice (1.800.448.3000): Organization

Crisis helpline for youth, open 24/7, can be reached by dialing 1.800.448.3000. Helpline also has email, chat (Monday thru Friday from 6p-12a CST), and text (everyday from 2p-1a CST). Text VOICE to 20121.
Tags: Abuse Survivor, Crisis, Chat, Helpline, Mental Health, Teen, Youth, Boys Town National Hotline, Your Life Your Voice

You and Your Child: For Parents of Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused (DHSA)

Booklet from The Department of Human Services in Australia for parents and non-offending caregivers of children who have been sexually abused.
Tags: Australia, Child Survivor, International, Parents, Victorian Government Department of Human Services Melbourne, DHSA

Yes I Can: Organization

Online supports for survivors of physical, emotional and sexual abuse; includes free and facilitated online support groups.
Tags: Adult Survivor, Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Yes I Can

Wounded Healer Journal: Organization

Online support community for people who have experienced trauma and abuse, as well as their partners and allies.
Tags: Adult Survivor, the Wounded Healer Journal

Working with Young Children: Using Teachable Moments to Respond to Children's Questions and Behaviors about their Bodies (ReCAPP)

Information on teaching healthy sexuality to school-aged children, and how to talk to children about their bodies and appropriate boundaries.
Tags: Age Appropriate Behavior, Healthy Sexual Development, Education, Trainings, ReCAPP

Working with Nonoffending Caregivers of Children That Have Been Sexually Abused (WCSAP)

Article on working with nonoffending parents, their unique issues, research and recommendations for practitioners.
Tags: Child Survivors, Counselors, Professionals, Therapists, Recovery, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, WCSAP

Where to Find Help for Your Child (AACAP)

Article on locating mental health and treatment resources for children and youth.
Tags: Parents, Professional, Survivor, Therapy, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, AACAP

Where Can I Go For Help? (Mental Health America)

Article providing description of mental health clinicians and treatment styles. Also helps answer the questions: "Where do I go for help?" and "What kind of professional is right for me?"
Tags: Counselor, Support, Therapy, Mental Health America

When Toddlers Touch Themselves: The Best Way to Handle a Touchy Situation (What To Expect)

Article on why toddlers masturbate and how to address it.
Tags: Healthy Sexual Development, Parents, Prevention, Self-Soothing Behavior, Sex Education, What To Expect

What Works To Promote Reentry Success: Spotlight on Youth Convicted of Sex Offenses (Council of State Governments Justice Center)

Webinar on reducing recidivism and improving outcomes for juveniles convicted of sexual offenses.
Tags: Juvenile Offenders, Law Enforcement, Parole, Probation, Council of State Governments Justice Center, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission

What To Do Now? When Step-Siblings Have Sex (Smart Stepfamilies)

Article addressing the concerns of step-siblings having romantic feelings for one another, and how to deal with these issues as a family. Also explored are ways of talking to your children, setting boundaries, and going over house rules and guidelines.
Tags: Faith-Based, Step-Parents, Step-Children, Smart Step-Families

What to do If Your Child Discloses Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

A helpful guide for parents and caregivers on what disclosure is and what you can do to help your child if they tell you they have been sexually abused.
Tags: Child Survivor, Support, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, NCTSN

What Every Athlete Should Know (Safe 4 Athletes)

Information for the student athlete on sexual safety and getting help.
Tags: Coach, Prevention, Parents, Sports, School, Safe 4 Athletes

We Are Survivors: Organization

Blog for adult survivors of child abuse or neglect.
Tags: Healing, Support, Self-Help, We Are Survivors

Virtuous Pedophiles: Organization

Online site with information and support for pedophiles who are committed to children's safety and to never harming a child.
Tags: Abuser, At-Risk, Child Pornography, Child Sexual Abuse Material, Sexual Offending Behavior, Treatment, Virtuous Pedophiles

Virtual Global Taskforce: Organization

Reporting internet sexual abuse crimes against children.
Tags: Child Pornography, Child Sexual Abuse Material, Hotline, Helpline, Internet, International, Virtual Global Taskforce

Victim Assistance (Gundersen)

Resource providing legal, emotional, safety planning, and other assistance to victims of abuse and their families. 24/7 helpline available at: 1.800.325.HOPE.
Tags: Advocacy, Child Survivor, Downstream, Helpline, Law, Non-Offending Parents, Victim Assistance, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, JWRC

United States Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies (Hot Peach Pages)

National information of hotlines and resources for domestic violence by state.
Tags: Adult Survivor, Child Sexual Abuse, Crisis, Domestic Violence, Helpline, Hotline, International, Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking, Therapy, Victim Assistance, Hot Peach Pages

Understanding the Sexual Behavior of Children: Part Two

Part two of an article by Toni Cavanagh Johnson, PhD, about the sexual behavior of children and youth.
Tags: Abuse, Development, Healthy Sexuality, Parents, Professional, Youths Sexual Behavior Problem

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