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.
|“She did WHAT?” “He said WHAT?” How to Respond to the Sexual Behaviors of Children (BARCC)||
A resource for understanding sexual behavior and sexual development in children. Available in both English and Spanish.
|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 4p-1a CST). Text VOICE to 20121.
|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.
|Yes I Can: Organization||
Online supports for survivors of sexual abuse, including free and facilitated online support groups.
|Wounded Healer Journal: Organization||
Online support community for people who have experienced trauma and abuse, as well as their partners and allies.
|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.
|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.
|Wired Safety: Organization||
Internet and online safety geared to protecting children, tweens, and teens. Resources and articles also available for parents and general public; includes place to "report" to their volunteers (non-law enforcement personnel) when being harassed online to talk about possible next step actions.
|Where to Find Help for Your Child (AACAP)||
Article on locating mental health and treatment resources for children and youth.
|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?"
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|What is the Age of Consent? (about.com)||
Answers to questions about age of consent for teens and parents, including age-gap provisions.
|What Every Athlete Should Know (Safe Athletes)||
Information for the student athlete on sexual safety and getting help.
|We Are Survivors: Organization||
Blog for adult survivors of child abuse or neglect.
|Virtuous Pedophiles: Organization||
Online site with information and support for pedophiles who are committed to children's safety and to never harming a child.
|Virtual Global Taskforce: Organization||
Reporting internet sexual abuse crimes against children.
|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.