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Based on a review of state records pertaining to child abuse and neglect, 86,830 children in the United States experienced sexual abuse in 2001 (DHHS 2003). Get free missing child alerts for your computer or website here.
Child Abuse Hotline
Child Abuse 1-888-PREVENT (1-888-773-8368)
Childhelp IOF/National Child Abuse Hotline: 1 (800) 4ACHILD (voice) 1 (800) 2ACHILD (TDD)
National Runaway Switchboard 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-621-786-2929)
Victims of Crime Help Line 1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)
Child Pornography Tipline 1-800-843-5678
Covenant House (800) 999-9999
Child Find of America (800) 426-5678
Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)
Reporting sexual exploitation of children
Symptoms of abuse in adult survivors
"Commonly reported psychological difficulties include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, self-esteem problems, somatic complaints, aggression, and a variety of interpersonal and relationship difficulties" (Aspelmeier, et. al., 2007)
"Sexual identity confusion, difficulties with sexual functioning... and problems with substance abuse...self-injury, suicidal ideation and attempts, depression, and rage" (Denov, 2004)
The Effects of Abuse on
Adult CSA Survivors
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Resources on Child Sexual Assault (CSA)
"ASCA supports and assists survivors of child abuse to move-on with our lives, gently encouraging us to transform our self-identities from victims, to survivors, to thrivers. In addition, ASCA was created with the intention of guaranteeing all survivors of childhood abuse, irrespective of their financial situation, with access to a superior program focused on recovery from childhood abuse. "
Provides links to partner organizations, information about awareness activities, and links to several abuse related listservs.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) - The Nation's Resource Center for Child Protection 1-800-THE-LOST
immediately if you believe that your child is missing.
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Offers access to an electronic library of child welfare material including adoption, protective services, and foster care as well as the electronic journal, Children and Youth Services Review. Also available are links to reports, literature, and other organizations.
This National Institute of Mental Health site makes available reports that address the issue of helping children and adolescents deal with violence, disasters, and depression.
Connect for Kids
(formerly Kids Campaigns) provides a listing of many organizations and
on-line resources concerned with children's safety and environmental health
Also see the legal section for statute of limitations.
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Macdonalds, J. (2004). World Book Encyclopedia. United States of America: World Book Inc.
rape. (2006). Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved May 2, 2006, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9376486
Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.
Sedney, M., "rape (crime)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2006 <http://gme.grolier.com> (February 1, 2006).
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