Education is power.

The more you know, the more you can help recognize, reduce, and prevent child sexual abuse. We’ve curated a collection of resources to educate caregivers and professionals who are engaged in serving children, as well as members of the public who want to create a safer community for all youngsters.

What to do first.

If a child tells you they’ve been abused, it is critical to listen carefully, stay calm, and never blame the child. Thank the child for telling you and reassure them of your support. Immediately following your conversation, file a report online or call your local law enforcement agency or Children’s Protective Services (1-855-444-3911). In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Either law enforcement or CPS will connect you with the Children’s Advocacy Center. Parents and caregivers can also contact the Center directly at to request assessment services if they have concerns about a child’s behavior, questions about normal development, or suspicions that their child has been sexually abused.