Any one sign doesn't mean that a child was sexually abused, but the presence of several suggests that you begin asking questions and consider seeking help. Children respond to stress in many different ways and how children respond to victimization depends on multiple factors. If your child has told you they have been or are being abused, you should contact your local police department or state child protection agency. To locate your state’s child protection agency visit: http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?rs_id=5&rate_chno=11-11172
A great source of information for parents who suspect that their child may be abused is Stop It Now! Visit them at www.stopitnow.org or call 1-888-PREVENT/1-888-773-8368). Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed. Stop It Now! provides resources, guidance and support to help adults keep children safe from sexual abuse.
STOP IT NOW!
Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed. Stop It Now! provides resources, guidance and support to help adults keep children safe from sexual abuse.
Childhelp® exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach.
Rape Abuse & Incest National Network RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotlines' free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual violence; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual violence, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. www.rainn.org
The National Center for Victims of Crime Teen Victim Project
To assist service providers who deal with teens, the National Center for Victims of Crime has compiled a collection of our teen-related resources, as well as other resources that may be of use.