Child Sexual Abuse: What You Need to Know
Did you know that in 9 out of 10 cases in which a child is sexually abused, the perpetrator is someone the child or family knows?
You can help keep children safe by learning more about child sexual abuse and how to respond when you suspect harm. Here’s what you need to know about the issue, plus tips on starting the conversation with your child and recovery resources for survivors of every age.
What is Sexual Abuse?
- Child sexual abuse
- Warning signs
- Sexual assault of men and boys
- Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Resources for Parents:
- How can I protect my child from sexual assault?
- If you suspect a child is being harmed
- Talking with your kids about sexual abuse
- Help for parents of abused children
- Evaluating caregivers
- If your child harms someone
- What are the laws in your state?
How to Get Help:
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline provides free, confidential support 24/7.
- Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org to chat with a RAINN support specialist.
- Help someone you care about
- Support for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse: 1in6
Take Action with RAINN:
- Share the National Sexual Assault Hotline with a friend or loved one: 800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org.
- Donate: $42 provides help for one survivor through the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
- Be Informed: Sign up for RAINN’s newsletter to receive the latest news directly to your inbox.
- Connect with RAINN on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, it’s not your fault. You are not alone. Help is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE and online.rainn.org, y en español: rainn.org/es