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What should I do if I am a victim of incest?

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First, know that this is not your fault! No one deserves to be abused.
Get some help. You do not have to handle this on your own!

  • Tell a trusted adult.
    • If you can’t talk to a parent, can you talk to…?
      • A teacher?
      • A school counselor?
      • A friend’s parent?
      • Your doctor?
      • Your minister (or pastor, priest, rabbi, imam, etc.)?
  • If you do not have any trusted adults in your life, you can also call Child Protective Services (CPS) for your area. (Even if you are over 18, CPS may still be able to offer assistance.)
    • You can find the number for CPS in RAINN’s mandatory reporting database. Information is listed by state.
    • You can also find the number for Child Protective Services in the Blue Pages of your phone book.
    • Your local police department can also help you contact CPS.
  • Be prepared. Not every adult, even trusted adults, are able to help. You may need to tell more than one person before you find someone who can help.
  • If you need some help thinking through these options, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline any time at (800) 656-HOPE or contact the Online Hotline at http://www.rainn.org/get-help/national-sexual-assault-online-hotline

Remember that no one deserves to be abused! Help is available.


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