Getting Help 

 

Being informed is the best way to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse!

Children

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, know that you are not alone. Tell someone who will listen and help you. It can be any trusted adult: a parent, guardian, family member, teacher, counselor, coach, minister, neighbor, the police, anyone you think will help. If that person does not believe you or doesn’t know what to do, tell someone else. Keep telling people until an adult helps you and makes you feel believed and safe. And remember this—abuse is never the child’s fault. It is always the adults’ responsibility to protect the child. No one has the right to touch children in ways that make them feel uncomfortable. If it feels wrong, it probably is. You always have the right to say no.

Teens

If you are—or know of—a teenager who has been abused, tell a trusted adult right away. If they don't help you, tell someone else. And remember, you don’t have to go through this alone. A trusted parent, teacher, coach, school counselor, or other adult can help you find someone to talk to about the abuse and anything else that may be troubling you.

Adults

There are a number of resources for survivors of child sexual abuse. The Courage to Heal by Laura Davis and Ellen Bass is a wonderful and extensive book, geared primarily to women but also applicable to overall healing. It has recently been updated. If you are a parent looking for a good resource to help you speak with your child about sexual abuse, we suggest a copy of the book, My Body Belongs to Me, by Jill Starishevsky (visit mybodybelongstome.com). If you suspect that a child is being sexually abused, trust your gut. You could be the only person who takes action. 90% of children don’t tell that they have been victims of sexual violence. It is up to adults to recognize situations and behaviors that can make children venerable to abuse. It is the responsibility of adults to notice signs of abuse and take action. Remember If something makes you uncomfortable tell someone. Your voice may be the first and only hope for a child.

Learn more about:

 

 

Statistics on child sexual violence

What to do if a child discloses abuse

Signs of abuse Signs that an adult may be at risk of harming a child

Characteristics of perpetrators

Consequences of sexual violence

Signs that a child or teen may be at risk of harming another child

Report Abuse.

 

National Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-4-A-CHILD

1-800-422-4453

 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

If you have any leads or tips regarding suspected sexual crimes against children, call: 1-800-843-5678

 

Stop It Now Hotline

Get free and confidential help! If you are concerned for the safety of child and don’t know what to do; if you are looking for support to talk with others to talk about your concern; if you need accurate information, guidance, and resources, please call: 1-800-PREVENT

State-by-state Reporting

Alabama

Local (toll): (334) 242-9500

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

Alaska

Toll-Free: (800) 478-4444

 

Arizona

Toll-Free: (888) SOS-CHILD (888-767-2445)

 

Arkansas

Toll-Free: (800) 482-5964

 

California

For County Specific Reporting Hotlines, click here.

For more reporting information, click here or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

Colorado

Local (toll): (303) 866-5932

Major Program(s)/Initiatives(s): Heart Gallery

 

Connecticut

TDD: (800) 624-5518

Toll-Free: (800) 842-2288

 

Delaware

Toll-Free: (800) 292-9582

 

District of Columbia

Local (toll): (202) 671-SAFE (202-671-7233)

 

Florida

Toll-Free: (800) 96-ABUSE (800-962-2873)

 

Georgia Child Protective Services

Local (toll): 404-651-9361 

After hours: 1-855-GACHILD

Fax: 404-657-4483

For county specific reporting hotlines, please click here.

For more reporting information, please click here or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

Hawaii

Local (toll): (808) 832-5300

 

Idaho

TDD: (208) 332-7205

Toll-Free: (800) 926-2588

 

Illinois

Toll-Free: (800) 252-2873

Local (toll): (217) 524-2606

 

Indiana

Toll-Free: (800) 800-5556

 

Iowa

Toll-Free: (800) 362-2178

 

Kansas

Toll-Free: (800) 922-5330

 

Kentucky

Toll-Free: (877) 597-2331

 

Louisiana

Toll-Free: (855) 452-5437

 

Maine

TTY: (800) 963-9490

Toll-Free: (800) 452-1999

 

Maryland

For county specific Reporting Hotlines, please click here. For more reporting information, click here or call or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

Massachusetts

Toll-Free: (800) 792-5200

 

Michigan

Fax: (616) 977-1154 or (616) 977-1158

Toll-Free: (855) 444-3911

 

Minnesota

For county specific reporting information, click here. For more reporting information, please click here or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

Mississippi

Toll-Free: (800) 222-8000

Local (toll): (601) 359-4991

 

Missouri

Toll-Free: (800) 392-3738

 

Montana

Toll-Free: (866) 820-5437

Nebraska

Toll-Free: (800) 652-1999

 

Nevada

Toll-Free: (800) 992-5757

 

New Hampshire

Toll-Free: (800) 894-5533

Local (toll): (603) 271-6556

 

New Jersey

TDD: (800) 835-5510

TTY: (800) 835-5510

Toll-Free: (877) 652-2873

 

New Mexico

Toll-Free: (855) 333-7233

 

New York

TDD: (800) 369-2437

Toll-Free: (800) 342-3720

Local (toll): (518) 474-8740

 

North Carolina

For county specific reporting, click here or here.

For information on reporting, click here or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

North Dakota

Out of State: 1-701-328-2316 (8AM to 5PM)

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

Ohio

Toll-Free: (855) 642-4453

 

Oklahoma

Toll-Free: (800) 522-3511

 

Oregon

Toll-Free: (800) 854-3508

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

Pennsylvania

TDD: (866) 872-1677

Toll-Free: (800) 932-0313

 

Puerto Rico

Toll-Free: (800) 981-8333

Local (toll): (787) 749-1333

 

Rhode Island

Toll-Free: (800) RI-CHILD (800-742-4453)

 

South Carolina

Local (toll): (803) 898-7318

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

South Dakota

Toll-Free: (605) 773-3227

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

Tennessee

Toll-Free: (877) 237-0004

 

Texas

Department of Family and Protective Services

Toll-Free: (800) 252-5400

For assistance in Spanish click here.

 

Utah

Toll-Free: (855) 323-3237

 

Vermont

Dept. of Human Services: (802) 241-2132 – Report by County

After hours: (800) 649-5285

 

Virginia

Toll-Free: (800) 552-7096

Local (toll): (804) 786-8536

 

Washington

TTY: (800) 624-6186

Toll-Free: (800) 562-5624 or (866) END-HARM (866-363-4276)

 

West Virginia

Toll-Free: (800) 352-6513

 

Wisconsin

Dept. of Health and Social Services: (608) 226-3036 – Report by County

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

 

Wyoming

Local (toll): (307) 777-7922

Click on the website above for information on reporting or call Childhelp® (800-422-4453) for assistance.

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This list was compiled by Child Welfare Information Gateway

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If you or someone you know needs help, please call the Rape Abuse and Incest Network at                                   . You are not alone.​

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the Rape Abuse and Incest Network at                                     . You are not alone.​