To obtain help for a victim of child sexual abuse:
Stop It Now
Helps protect children from sexual abuse through help services, prevention advocacy and education, and technical assistance and training.
Help Line: 1-888-PREVENT
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
The largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S.; created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Child Abuse Hotline
A 24/7 hotline dedicated to the prevention of child abuse
Phone numbers and helpful information for victims of domestic abuse in a variety of countries
National Children’s Alliance
Empowering local communities to serve child victims of abuse.
The National Center for Victims of Crime
Helpline: 1-800-FYI-CALL or 1-800-211-7996
For help finding local assistance:
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
1-877-739-3895 (TTY Hotline: 1-717-909-0715)
Does not provide crisis counseling but can provide referrals.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Addiction
Provides information and resources for dealing with PTSD
Child Sexual Abuse Statistics
Because many victims never report abuse, it’s hard to quantify how often child sexual abuse occurs, but here are some statistics:
* Most professionals in the field use rates that vary from 8% to 20%. The median age for reported abuse is nine years old.
(Children’s Assessment Center)
* Adult retrospective studies show that one in four women and one in six men were sexually abused before the age of 18.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2006)
* Another source says that as many as one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused at some point in their childhood.
(Briere, J., Eliot, D.M. Prevalence and Psychological Sequence of Self-Reported Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse in General Population: Child Abuse and Neglect)
* The primary reason that the public is not sufficiently aware of child sexual abuse as a problem is that 73% of child victims do not tell anyone about the abuse for at least a year. 45% of victims do not tell anyone for at least five years. Some never disclose.
(Smith et al., 2000; Broman-Fulks et al., 2007)
*Youths have higher rates of sexual assault victimization than adults. In 2000, the sexual assault victimization rate for youths 12 to 17 was 2.3 times higher than for adults.
(U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2000)