Healing and Support for Children and Parents
It's important for parents and other adults to provide children who have been sexually abused with the support and resources they need to heal and recover. The sexual abuse of a child can be devastating for both the child and the family, but help is available for both. Children are resilient and not all children who are sexually abused will need therapy. However, a professional experienced in working with children and family members impacted by sexual abuse can often help everyone talk about the experience and find positive ways to move forward.
Often there are questions about a child's concerning behaviors without knowing for certain what is causing those behaviors. Professional counselors can help parents and children assess what is needed and help plan for safety and health.
Help a child who has been sexually abused or has behaviors that raises concerns or questions:
Provides 24/7 assistance in 170 languages to adults, children and youth with information and questions regarding child abuse. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
National Children's Alliance
Community based and professional assistance through member organizations of the Children's Alliance. Provides forensic interviews, treatment, medical examinations and more using a team and family-driven model.
SAMHSA Mental Health Services Locator(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrator)
Resource directory to locate mental health services across the US.
Where to Find Help for Your Child: Article
Information on locating mental health and treatment resources for children.
How to Find a Good Trauma Therapist (Child Trauma Institute)
How to find the right counselor when looking to address trauma history with a knowledgeable provider.
Mothers of Sexually Abused Children
An online resource and support site for mothers whose child or children have been sexually abused.
Parenting a Child who has been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents (Child Welfare Information Gateway)
Information to help parents of sexually abused children respond to their children in healthy parenting ways.
Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute Reading Resources (Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute)
Books and literature on child sexual abuse.