New Stop It Now! Online Help Center Provides Information and Action on Child Sexual Abuse

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Contact:
Deborah Donovan Rice
Stop It Now! Executive Director
drice@stopitnow.org
413-587-3500 ext. 1

New Stop It Now! Online Help Center Provides Information and Action on Child Sexual Abuse

Northampton, Mass.—(February 4, 2009)—Stop It Now!, a national leader in child sexual abuse prevention, today launches an Online Help Center for people with concerns or questions about specific child sexual abuse situations. The Online Help Center is a private, 24/7 resource accessible through www.StopItNow.org.

Visitors to the Online Help Center are asked several basic questions about their concerns. The answers lead to a customized selection of information and resources. Visitors are not required to reveal any personally identifiable informationi to use the site. Those who are under 18 or who are survivors of abuse are directed to special sections of the Online Help Center.

Intended for those with personal concerns as well as professionals, parents, and teachers, this self-guided resource is designed to help visitors replace fear with confidence. “So many people tell us, ‘I had a gut feeling, and I knew what I was seeing was wrong, but I didn’t know what to do,’” says Dr. Susan Kirby, Stop It Now! board officer. “The Online Help Center offers validation and gives people the language to communicate their concerns and take appropriate steps to intervene.”

Since 1995, Stop It Now! has run a national, toll-free and confidential, helpline at 1-888-PREVENT specializing in child sexual abuse prevention and staffed by trained professionals.

“Child abuse is preventable, not inevitable. The mission of Stop It Now! is to mobilize adults, families, and communities to protect children before they are harmed,” Kirby says. “Our Online Help Center is another resource in that effort. We are pleased to play our part in ensuring that all children have healthy childhoods free from trauma. We hope that people will take some time to talk to other adults about the importance of protecting all of the children in their lives.”

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Since 1992, Stop It Now! has been helping adults protect children from sexual abuse. Through its website, national Helpline, materials and community programs, Stop It Now! provides balanced information and practical guidance to adults and families so they can keep children safe in their homes and communities.