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 resources to us for review.
|Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT): Organization
Offers trainings, continuing education, and information on the prevention and treatment of domestic violence and intergenerational trauma.
|If Your Child May Be Harming Another Child (RAINN)
RAINN's page describes good next steps for parents and caregivers who are concerned that their child may be sexually harming another child, including re-establishing safety in their home, looking for support, and talking to the child at-risk or who is abusing.
|Human Trafficking Foundation: Organization
UK-based organization working to combat human trafficking internationally.
|How You Can Help Someone Who Is Being Abused or Neglected (Child Welfare Information Gateway)
Tip sheet for children and youth to help them identify signs of abuse and neglect, and where to turn if they are worried they or someone know is being hurt.
|How to Understand Your Partner's (Or Your Own) Sexual Abuse History
Article by clinicial psychologist Samantha Rodman, PhD, for adult survivors and partners of survivors of child sexual abuse. Includes actions partners can take to show support and build trust. Some language may be triggering for some survivors.
|How To Find a Good Trauma Therapist (Trauma Institute)
Article on how to find the right counselor for yourself or your child when looking to address trauma history with a knowledgeable provider.
|How to Encourage Your Child to Go to Therapy - Even When They're Resistant (Care.)
Article to help parents who may have a child who is resistant to therapy; includes talking tips and other ideas when a child feels hesitant to work with a counselor.
|How to Choose a Counselor or Therapist (GoodTherapy.org)
Tips and guidelines to help choose a therapist.
|How the Child Welfare System Works (Child Welfare Information Gateway)
Factsheet that explains how the child welfare system works, what resources are provided after system involvement, and what outcomes look like.
|How Can I Protect My Child From Sexual Assault? (RAINN)
Recommendations for parents and guardians on preventing child sexual abuse through relationship-building with their children.
|Homeland Security Investigations Tip Form (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
Form to report child sexual exploitation, pornography, and sex trafficking to Homeland Security.
|Hidden Water: Organization
Online and in-person restorative justice support groups for individuals affected by child sexual abuse, including those who have been sexually abused as children, parents of children who have been abused or who have engaged in harmful behavior, as well as people who have engaged in abusive behaviors and their allies.
|Helping Survivors of Sexual Abuse Through Labor (Gentle Birth)
Article talking about how to support survivors of sexual abuse through labour and delivery, and possible difficulties they may encounter.
|Helping Children Develop Healthy Sexual Behavior and Attitudes (The Child Study Center)
Article on communicating with children and youth about healthy sexuality.
|Help Wanted (Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse)
Self-help program for adolescents, youth and young adults who are sexually attracted to younger children. Course has videos, audio recordings and exercises on getting support, talking to someone, coping skills, healthy sexuality and living a safe life.
|Help In Your State (Women's Law)
Specialized resource list by state for finding shelters, legal aid, counseling, safety planning, civil courthouse locations, contact information for sheriff departments, and more for abuse victims.
|Hear No Evil, See No Evil: Understanding Failure to Identify and Report Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Contexts (Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse)
Research report on failure to report in schools and youth serving organizations, challenges, and potential best practices.
|Healing From Harm (Leda Health)
Online support group available to people who have caused sexual harm and who are looking to heal and take accountability. This program allows 8-12 people per group and is professional moderated by a therapist. They do not take insurance, and payment is calculated on a sliding-scale. Any attendee must fill out their application for screening; waitlist available. Programs are HIPPA-compliant and confidentiality is taken seriously.
|Global Government and NGO Human Trafficking Hotlines (SCRIBD)
List of international contacts to report human trafficking.
|Girls Educating and Mentoring Services (GEMS): Organization
Serves girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.