Sexual Abuse Help: Where to Find It
Most people realize that if a child is abused, sexual abuse help is needed. Sexual abuse help is needed not only for the child involved but also for his (or her) caregivers as child sexual abuse can touch entire families. An adult should always seek out sexual abuse help from professionals as the situation can easily be made worse, even with the best of intentions, without the training and education in knowing how to deal with child sexual abuse.
In spite of knowing this though, not everyone knows where to find sexual abuse help. Luckily this help can be found in many places.
Sexual Abuse Help Through Law Enforcement
It is an individual's responsibility to report any suspicion of child abuse to local law enforcement and child welfare agencies. It is not up to the individual to prove or investigate the suspicion – only to report it. Investigation will be done by the agencies trained and prepared to deal with such a delicate situation.
And while an adult might want to, understandably, shield a child from the process of reporting to authorities, it's critical this step take place in order to tell the child that you believe their allegations, you take them seriously and you want to help them. The last message any child should receive is that the sexual abuse should be swept under the rug.
Once the abuse is reported to law enforcement and child welfare agencies, these organizations can help point you towards other avenues for sexual abuse help.
More information on How to Report Child Sexual Abuse.
Other Sources of Sexual Abuse Help
It's important to get help for the abuse child and family, and this help should be from a person or organization that specializes in child sexual abuse help. Some professionals work exclusively in this field and should be sought out for their expertise.
Places to find sexual abuse help include:1
- Hospitals / doctor's offices
- Offices of psychiatrists / psychologists / therapists
- Mental health centers
- Sexual assault centers
- Transition homes
- Distress centers
More information on: Sexual Abuse Recovery.
Additionally, there are many national and international programs which can provide or refer you to sexual abuse help including:
- 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368) - Stop It Now
- 1-800-656-HOPE Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
- The National Children's Alliance can help you through reporting and treatment
- ChiWorld.org for a list of international child abuse hotlines
Last Updated: 26 May 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD