What is the Sexual Abuse Resource Network (SARN) and why was it started?


The Sexual Abuse Resource Network (SARN) was created to help make navigating the available resources easier for survivors and their family members. Today, there are many different resources available, from legal and counseling services to excellent books and websites to helplines and hotlines that can provide immediate help. Our mission is to provide an overview of the resources available, allowing you to spend time where it’s most needed – on caring for yourself and beginning your healing journey.

In addition to providing information on available resources, SARN offers statistics on childhood sexual abuse, an informative and timely blog that encourages participation, and is updated frequently with news and information relevant to our readers. The journey to healing from sexual abuse should not be an isolated one, and SARN is here to help make that journey easier.

Created by Paula Felps, a sexual abuse survivor and a member of the RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) Speakers Bureau, the Sexual Abuse Resource Network is working to break the silence about sexual abuse and remove the stigma that accompanies it. 


  • Three out of four victims of child sexual abuse are female
  • The average sentence given to child molesters is seven years, with most sentences being between three and seven  years
  • As many as 90 percent of sexually abused children know their abuser
  • 23 percent of reported cases of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by individuals under the age of 18, according to the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Two-thirds of convicted sex offenders were victimized as children
  • By the time they are 16, one in three girls and one in five boys will be a victim of sexual abuse, according to the Kids' Advocacy Place
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