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.
|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.
|The Global Prevention Project: Organization||
Global project aimed at providing compassionate and informed mental health and wellbeing support to adults with risky sexual thoughts and non-contact sexual behaviors. Also offers weekly phone-in counseling groups to MAPs and their significant others.
|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.
|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.
|The Internet and Children - What's the Problem? (Parents Protect)||
Information about how to keep children safe online, from Stop It Now! UK.
|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.
|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.
|The Student's Guide to Online Safety and Security (Best VPN)||
Guide for students and parents of children and young adults of all ages discussing risks and how to stay safe online.
|There's No Place Like Home...For Sex Education||
Sexual development information that is age-specific, offered in English and Spanish.
|Tips for Talking to Your Child About Sexual Health (teachingsexualhealth.ca)||
Guidebook for parents of youth, on how to talk to their teen about sexual health using teachable moments and a caregiver's own values to support their child's healthy development.
|Towards a Better Understanding of Children's Sexual Behavior (NYU Child Study Center)||
Article about understanding the sexual behaviors of children and adolescents.
|Training and Resources for Professionals (the Kempe Center)||
Training opportunities for professionals via the Kempe Center.
|Training Center (NEARI)||
Archived 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.
|Treatment Referrals (ATSA)||
Referrals for treatment for adults or youth who have sexually offended or who are engaging in risky sexual behaviors.
|Treatment Referrals (Safer Society)||
List of treatment providers for children, adolescents and adults who may be engaging in sexually unsafe or abusive behavior.
|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.
|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.
|Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors: Guidebooks||
Guidebooks on healthy sexuality development by Toni Cavanaugh Johnson, PhD, an expert in children's sexual behaviors.
|Understanding Juvenile and Family Court (Network of Care)||
Information about the family court process.
|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.