20% of the population in America has been sexually abused.(8) That's more people than the Center for Disease Control estimates will get the flu each year.(9) So needless to say, as you implement the Child Sexual Abuse Best Practices program, you will be talking with children, teens and adults who have personally experienced sexual abuse as well as parents who know or suspect their child has been abused. It's also inevitable that at some point you will be speaking with someone who is attracted to children who may or may not have crossed the line and abused a child.
In any case, it's irresponsible to talk about child sexual abuse without providing the resources and referrals your families may need. If your organization has expertise, you may provide direct support services. If not, simply provide referrals. While it's a good idea to provide a customized list of local resources, at minimum, you should keep the following three resources posted as you never know who will need them and they may be too scared or ashamed to ask. You can also refer them to our website for further information through our ..
To Report Child Sexual Abuse
Call 911 or your local Child Protection Services agency or
Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD if you suspect abuse and need to talk it through
To Learn Your Part in Preventing Child Sexual Abuse or Find Resources for Healing
Visit or call 1-888-808-6558
If You or Someone You Know Struggles with Inappropriate Sexual Feelings towards Children
Visit or call 1-888-PREVENT