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National Resources Related to Child Sexual Abuse

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  • Referral Resources

    Name Website
    • Alliance of Information and Referral Systemswww.airs.org
      A professional association for programs throughout North America that provide information and referral for services in their respective communities.
    • Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline www.childhelpusa.org
      A 24-hour seven days a week child abuse hotline with professional counselors providing crisis intervention, information, literature and referrals.
    • United Way of Americawww.national.unitedway.org/myuw
      The United Way invests in and activates the resources to make the greatest possible impact in communities across America, there are local United Ways that have resource and referral information for each zip code.
    • Stop it Now www.stopitnow.org
      The Stop it Now! hotline provides resources to abusers and those at risk for abusing, helping them to stop the abuse and seek help. The helpline is available for abusers, people at risk to abuse, and their friends and family to call for information and resources.
    • National Children's Alliancewww.nca-online.org
      A nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide training, technical assistance and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish and improve Child Advocacy Centers. The Centers coordinate investigation and intervention services with professionals and agencies to create a team with a child-focused approach to sexual abuse cases.
    • Office for Victims of Crimehttp://ovc.ncjrs.gov/findvictimservices/
      OVC provides an Online Directory of Crime Victim Services, a resource designed to help service providers and individuals locate nonemergency crime victim service agencies in the United States and abroad.
    • Find-a-Therapist www.find-a-therapist.org
      This organization offers a solution to the problem of connecting people to the right therapist as a Web-based provider of services for mental health professionals and their clients.
    • 1in6.org1in6.org
      Offers online and in-person outreach, education, and services to men who have experienced child sexual abuse. Also provides resources for family members, friends, and partners.
    • MaleSurvivorwww.malesurvivor.org
      Provides articles and a list of therapists who specialize in helping men who were sexually abused as children.
    • WINGS Foundation, Inc.www.wingsfound.org
      Fully describes what you need to do to find a therapist, as well as providing questions on what to ask in a phone conversation with your therapist and explanation of different credentials offered in the field.
    • US Department of Justicehttp://www.nsopw.gov/
      The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website provides the public with access to nationwide searchable sex offender data.

    Crisis Lines and Shelters

    Name Website
    • Covenant House Ninelinewww.covenanthouse.org/
      Children and parents can reach out any time of the day or night for free, confidential, and immediate crisis intervention by dialing 1-800-999-9999.
    • Hopeline - 1-800-SUICIDEwww.hopeline.com
      The Hopeline Network brings together the knowledge and critical services of existing Crisis Centers all under the net of a toll-free number that is available to all.
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255www.suicidepreventionlifeline.com
      The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Lifeline's national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
    • National Center for Missing & Exploited Childrenwww.missingkids.com
      NCMEC provides assistance to parents, children, law enforcement, schools and the community to recover missing children and raising public awareness about how to prevent child abduction, molestation and sexual exploitation.
    • National Runaway Switchboardwww.1800runaway.org
      A 24-hour crisis intervention for adolescents and their families as well as runaway prevention counseling.
    • RAINN - Rape Abuse and Incest National Networkwww.rainn.org
      An anti-sexual assault organization that operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
    • Children of the Nightwww.childrenofthenight.org
      Children of the Night is an organization that is dedicated to assist children between the ages of 11-17 who are forced into prostitution in order to provide themselves food to eat and a place to sleep.


    Name Website Website
    • SANE-SARTwww.sane-sart.com
      Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Sexual Assault Response Team (SANE-SART) are specifically trained to handle sexual assault examinations and help if you need to ensure that a victim is treated, examined and evidence is collected in a professional, caring and expeditious manner.

    Legal Assistance

    Category Name Website
    • State Liaison Officer for Child Abusewww.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/publications/slo.htm
      Provides the State Liaison Officer for child abuse and neglect in each state.
    • Statutes for Child Abuse and Neglectwww.nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/general/legal/statues
      Provides the state statues for child abuse and neglect.
    • The Office for Victims of Crime Resource Centerwww.ojp.usdoj.gov/ov/ovcres/welcome.html
      The OVCRC is an information clearinghouse for emerging victim issues by offering access to a criminal justice library to search for victim-related issues, in addition to information specialists ready to answer your questions, provide statistics and referrals.
    • Justice for Childrenwww.jfcadvocacy.org
      A national nonprofit organization of citizens concerned about children's rights and their protection from abuse.
    • National Crime Victim Bar Associationwww.victimbar.org
      A network of attorneys and allied professionals dedicated to facilitating civil actions brought by crime victims, along with a referral line to reach local attorneys.
    • National Organization for Victim Assistancewww.trynova.org
      An organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, medical health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, along with others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.
    • National Center for Prosecution of Child Abusewww.ndaa.org/ncpca_home
      Created by the National District Attorney, the NCPCA provides national and local training about child abuse, provides immediate technical assistance and creates publications on child abuse.
    • Statues of Limitations - Civil Claimslaw.findlaw.com
      State-by-state survey of statues of limitation applicable to civil claims of childhood sexual abuse.
    • Sex Lawswww.sexlaws.org
      Provides legal answers to questions on statutory rape and sexual assault.

    Advocacy and Legislative

    Category Name Website
    • Justice for Childrenwww.justiceforchildren.org
      Justice for Children speaks on behalf of children who have no advocate in governmental systems. Also works to raise consciousness of our society about the failure of governmental agencies to protect victims of child abuse.
    • National Association to Protect Childrenwww.protect.org
      This membership association is committed to building a powerful, nonpartisan force for the protection of children from abuse, exploitation and neglect.
    • National Association of Crime Victims Compensation Boardwww.airs.org
      The NACVCB is a network of professionals in state and local government crime victim compensation programs, working together to provide financial assistance for victims on the road to recovery from violent crime.
    • Court Appointed Special Advocatewww.casanet.org
      CASA helped to pass the Victims of Child Abuse Act in 1990 and utilizes trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of children in court.
    • National Organization for Victim Assistancewww.trynova.org
      An organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, medical health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, along with others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.

    Survivor Support

    Category Name Website
    • The Joyful Heart Foundationwww.joyfulheartfoundation.org
      Founded by actress Mariska Hargitay, the Joyful Heart Foundation provides an extensive network of resources for women to let the light back in their life while banishing darkness and let healing begin.
    • Making Daughters Safe Againwww.mdsa-online.org
      MDSA offers a chat room and message board for adult women who were victims of mother-daughter sexual abuse providing opportunities for women to share their experiences in order to help the healing process.
    • National Self-Help Clearinghousewww.selfhelpweb.org
      A nonprofit organization that was founded to facilitate access to self-help groups and increase the awareness of the importance of mutual support.
    • Survivors Network of those Abused by Priestswww.snapnetwork.org
      An organization of men and women who were sexually abused by spiritual elders who provide support groups and prevent further abuse through public education and advocacy.
    • Survivors of Incest Anonymouswww.siawso.org
      A 12-step self help recovery program modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous for men and women 18 years and older who were sexually abused as children.
    • Survivors of Educator Sexual Abuse & Misconduct Emergewww.sesament.org
      SESAME works as a voice for the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment of students by teachers and other education staff.

    Offender Treatment and Resources

    Category Name Website
    • Parents Anonymouswww.parentsanonymous.org
      Parents Anonymous groups meet in local community centers, churches, schools, shelters and prisons to build upon the strengths of parents to ensure that children grow up in safe homes. They also operate a 24-hour hotline to provide immediate response for parents seeking help.
    • Sex Addicts Anonymouswww.saa-recovery.org
      The 12-step fellowship of men and women who share both experiences and strength with one another, to allow members to be able to overcome their sexual addiction and help others to recover.
    • Sexaholics Anonymouswww.sa.org
      The SA program is a 12-step fellowship for men and women to overcome their sexual addictions.
    • Sexual Compulsives Anonymouswww.sca-recovery.org
      The SCA program helps men and women to overcome difficulties with sexual compulsion with state chapters, newsletters, support oriented chat rooms and an online bookstore.
    • The Society of the Advancement of Sexual Healthwww.sash.net
      SASH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to scholarship, training, and resources for promoting sexual health and overcoming problematic sexual behaviors.
    • Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institutewww.childmolestationprevention.org/pages/diagnosis.html
      Provides resources by state for sex-specific therapy. Also provides questions to ask when selecting a sex-specific therapist.
    • The Safer Society Foundation, Inc.www.safersociety.org/refer.html
      The Safer Society Foundation provides individuals, programs, professionals and family members with referrals to specialized programs that provide services for abuse-reactive children, juvenile and adult sex offenders through the United States.
    • Stop it Nowwww.stopitnow.org
      The Stop it Now! hotline reaches abusers and those at risk for abusing, helping them to stop the abuse and seek help. The helpline is available for abusers, people at risk to abuse, and their friends and family to call for information and resources.