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?

Resources for Parents:

How to Get Help:

  • 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
  • Donate: $42 provides help for one survivor through the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
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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, y en español:

Want to learn more about healing after child sexual abuse? Access RAINN's eight-week learning series "Redefining Resilience" with topics such as understanding trauma, moving past shame, managing memories, and more.

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