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
Understanding the Sexual Behavior of Children: Part One

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

Understanding the Effects of Pornography on Children (Prevent Child Abuse America)

Article highlighting the many effects that pornography has on youth, including ways to talk to children about hypersexuality in the media, how to make good decisions online, and how to address similar concerns at the community level.
Tags: Parents, Pornography, Youths Sexual Behavior Problem, Prevent Child Abuse America

Understanding Juvenile and Family Court (Network of Care)

Information about the family court process.
Tags: Advocacy, Child, Juvenile Offender, Law, Legal, Parents, Survivor, Youth, Network of Care

Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors: Guidebooks

Guidebooks on healthy sexuality development by Toni Cavanaugh Johnson, PhD, an expert in children's sexual behaviors.
Tags: Parents, Professionals, Youths Sexual Behavior Problems

Unchained At Last: Organization

Nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged or forced marriage. Offers pro bono counseling and legal services to those at risk of or escaping arranged marriages, as well as advocacy and education to the public.
Tags: Adult Survivor, Child Survivor, Domestic Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Legal Advocacy, Unchained At Last

Trevor Project Lifeline (1.866.488.7386): Organization

Provides 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth ages 13-24. Chat and text also available.
Tags: Helpline, Hotline, Survivor, Teens

Treatment Referrals (ATSA)

Referrals for treatment for adults or youth who have sexually offended.
Tags: Adult At-Risk, Child Pornography, Counseling, Child Sexual Abuse Material, Professional, Therapy, Treatment, Youths Sexual Behavior Problem, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, ATSA

Training Center (NEARI)

Free trainings for professionals and families who care for children and adolescents with various emotional, intellectual, and trauma-based challenges. Formats include webinars, online workshops, and classroom training.
Tags: Healthy Development, Education, Intervention, Parents, Prevention, Sexual Abuse, Survivor, Youths Sexual Behavior Problems, the New England Adolescent Research Institute, NEARI Press

Training and Resources for Professionals (the Kempe Center)

Training opportunities for professionals via the Kempe Center.
Tags: Child Abuse, Education, Prevention, Research

Towards a Better Understanding of Children's Sexual Behavior (NYU Child Study Center)

Article about understanding the sexual behaviors of children and adolescents.
Tags: Healthy Development, Parents, Sexuality Education, Prevention, Youths Sexual Behavior, NYU Child Study Center

There's No Place Like Home...For Sex Education

Sexual development information that is age-specific, offered in English and Spanish.
Tags: Bi-Lingual, Child, Healthy Sexuality, Parents, Professional, Spanish, Teen

The Role of Law Enforcement in the Response to Child Abuse and Neglect: Fact and Information Page (Child Welfare Information Gateway)

This manual provides the basis for involvement that law enforcement has in responding to child abuse and neglect.
Tags: Advocacy, Investigation, Legal, Prevention, Professional, Reporting, Training, Child Welfare Information Gateway

The Role of Educators in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect: Fact and Information Page (Child Welfare Information Gateway)

This manual provides the basis for the involvement that teachers, counselors, and other school personnel have in helping combat the problem of child abuse and neglect.
Tags: Advocacy, Educators, Prevention, Professional, Reporting, Training, Child Welfare Information Gateway

The Investigation Process (The Mama Bear Effect)

A breakdown of the processs in the investigation of child sexual abuse.
Tags: Child Protection Services, CPS, Child Survivor, Non-Offending Parent, Professionals, Reporting, the Mama Bear Effect

The Internet and Children - What's the Problem? (Parents Protect)

Information about how to keep children safe online, from Stop It Now! UK.
Tags: Cyberbullying, Cybercrime, International, Online Safety, Parents, Sexting, Social Media, Textual Harassment, United Kingdom, Parents Protect

The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21 (The Good Men Project)

Blog post listing action items and teaching tools for parents, caregivers and educators to help minimize rape and sexual assault by teaching consent, empathy, respect and empowerment to both children and teens.
Tags: Healthy Development, Sexuality Education, Relationships, the Good Men Project

The Healthy Bodies Toolkit (Vanderbilt Kennedy Center)

Resource for parents of children with disabilities in helping teach their children about puberty, their bodies, and what to expect. Has separate toolkit for boys and girls; includes different learning styles and visual aids. Spanish available.
Tags: ASD, Intellectual Disability, The Healthy Bodies Toolkit, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

The Expected and the Dysfunctional: Dealing With Child-to-Child Sexual Behavior (Early Childhood News)

An article about early childhood development and healthy sexuality, development, and sexual behaviors in young children.
Tags: Education, Parents, Preschool, Professionals, Teachers, Youth Sexual Behaviors, Early Childhood News

The Bristlecone Project (

Stories of male survivors of sexual abuse, a project from Also a link to 24/7 confidential chat; online therapy also available thru USC to California residents.
Tags: Adult Survivor, Bristlecone Project, Helpline

The Blue Rock Institute: Organization

The Blue Rock Institute offers therapy for adults struggling with a sexual behavior problem or with their own illegal pornography viewing. Offers individual, group, family and marriage and other comprehensive treatment and care through their facilities in California.
Tags: Adult At-Risk, Child Pornography, Counseling, Offending Behavior, Child Sexual Abuse Material, Sex Addiction