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How To Help & Get Help

If you suspect that you or someone you know has been sexually abused or assaulted, reach out to someone you trust. Here are some important things to remember:

  • Learn about child sexual abuse and assault.
  • Although girls are at greater risk for sexual abuse, boys are also victims.
  • Most sexual abuse offenders are known to victims.
  • The abuse is not your fault.

It is never too late to ask for help or support.

The websites below not only provide valuable information on recognizing child sexual abuse; they also offer strategies that reduce the negative consequences of being victimized. You can find out how you can help or get help–for yourself or someone else.

Child Help USA

(For victims and parents)

The National Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

(For victims and parents)

Crimes Against Children Research Center

University of New Hampshire

(Excellent resource for professionals)


(Leads and tips regarding suspected crimes of sexual exploitation committed against children)

Darkness to Light

(Raising awareness about child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take)

Male Survivor

(Overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men)

National Children’s Alliance

(Support, technical assistance, and quality assurance for child advocacy centers across the country)

National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence

(A resource center for child abuse prevention, education, and helplines across the United States)


(Anti-sexual violence organization; also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that offenders are brought to justice)

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(Support for men who have been sexually abused as children)


Dr. Donna Gaffney is a psychotherapist committed to the health and healing of survivors of sexual violence. She is the Advisor for Research and Content Development at the National Alliance for Grieving Children and she consults with children, families, and professionals affected by trauma, loss, and violence.