Library of Resources
We know that lack of information is a key barrier in taking a step to prevent child sexual abuse. That's why we've also made available a searchable database of the resources used by our Helpline staff as an additional tool for understanding child sexual abuse and taking actions to prevent it. While we carefully review each resource, inclusion in this library does not mean that we endorse or recommend the resource. Please review any resource carefully for relevance to your own personal situation.
To find resources, enter the title, a portion of the title or any key word to bring up all relevant resources.
Please note that we are always happy to learn of a new resource for sexual abuse prevention and invite anyone to forward resources to us for review.
|Understanding the Effects of Pornography on Children (Prevent Child Abuse America)||
Article highlighting the many effects that pornography has on youth, including ways to talk to children about hypersexuality in the media, how to make good decisions online, and how to address similar concerns at the community level.
|Understanding the Sexual Behavior of Children: Part One||
Part one of an article by Toni Cavanagh Johnson, PhD, about the sexual behaviors of children and youth.
|Understanding the Sexual Behavior of Children: Part Two||
Part two of an article by Toni Cavanagh Johnson, PhD, about the sexual behavior of children and youth.
|Victim Assistance (Zero Abuse Project)||
Resource providing legal, emotional, safety planning, and other assistance to victims of abuse and their families. 24/7 helpline available at: 1.800.325.HOPE.
|Virtual Global Taskforce: Organization||
Reporting internet sexual abuse crimes against children.
|Virtuous Pedophiles: Organization||
Online site with information and support for people with pedophilic interests who are committed to children's safety and to never harming a child.
|We Are Survivors: Organization||
Blog for adult survivors of child abuse or neglect.
|What Every Athlete Should Know (Safe 4 Athletes)||
Information for the student athlete on sexual safety and getting help.
|What Happens Now: Facing Sexual Behavior Problems with Your Child (National Children's Alliance)||
Pamphlet that discusses next steps for parents of children exhibiting sexually unsafe behavior including: common questions and feelings caregivers may have, safety planning, treatment, self-care, and how to continue to be supportive to both the child engaging in harmful behavior as well as the other involved party.
|What to do If Your Child Discloses Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)||
A helpful guide for parents and caregivers on what disclosure is and what you can do to help your child if they tell you they have been sexually abused.
|What To Do Now? When Step-Siblings Have Sex (Smart Stepfamilies)||
Article addressing the concerns of step-siblings having romantic feelings for one another, and how to deal with these issues as a family. Also explored are ways of talking to your children, setting boundaries, and going over house rules and guidelines.
|What Works To Promote Reentry Success: Spotlight on Youth Convicted of Sex Offenses (Council of State Governments Justice Center)||
Webinar on reducing recidivism and improving outcomes for juveniles convicted of sexual offenses.
|When Toddlers Touch Themselves: The Best Way to Handle a Touchy Situation (What To Expect)||
Article on why toddlers masturbate and how to address it.
|Where Can I Go For Help? (Mental Health America)||
Article providing description of mental health clinicians and treatment styles. Also helps answer the questions: "Where do I go for help?" and "What kind of professional is right for me?"
|Where to Find Help for Your Child (AACAP)||
Article on locating mental health and treatment resources for children and youth.
|Working with Nonoffending Caregivers of Children That Have Been Sexually Abused (WCSAP)||
Article on working with nonoffending parents, their unique issues, research and recommendations for practitioners.
|Working with Young Children: Using Teachable Moments to Respond to Children's Questions and Behaviors about their Bodies (ReCAPP)||
Information on teaching healthy sexuality to school-aged children, and how to talk to children about their bodies and appropriate boundaries.
|Wounded Healer Journal: Organization||
Online support community for people who have experienced trauma and abuse, as well as their partners and allies.
|Your Life Your Voice (1.800.448.3000): Organization||
Crisis helpline for youth, open 24/7, can be reached by dialing 1.800.448.3000. Helpline also has email, chat (Monday thru Friday from 6p-12a CST), and text (everyday from 2p-1a CST). Text VOICE to 20121.
|“She did WHAT?” “He said WHAT?” How to Respond to the Sexual Behaviors of Children (BARCC)||
A resource for understanding and evaluating sexual behavior and sexual development in children. Available in both English and Spanish.