Websites to help You

 

1 in 6 (1in6.org) – Designed to help men who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood, this site includes resources including online support chats, help lines, workshops, free information and resources for family and friends.

 

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (www.childhelp.org) – This 24-hour hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and is staffed with professional crisis counselors.

 

Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute (childmolestationprevention.org) Based in Atlanta, this is a national, science-based organization committed to researching and preventing child sexual abuse. It also provides information and statistics to prevention organizations, agencies, professionals and families.

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway (www.childwelfare.gov)  – Promoting the safety of children, youth and families, this program is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families. Geared primarily toward professionals working on behalf of children, it provides good, factual information on child sexual abuse at www.childwelfare.gov/can/statistics/stat_sexAbuse.cfm.

 

Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/) – Provides information on child sexual abuse as well as information on state and federal laws.

 

Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse (www.d2l.org) – Created in 2000 with the goal of reducing childhood sexual abuse, this robust site offers plenty of valuable tools and information. It also offers educational programs to help adults prevent, recognize and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse, including a training program called Stewards of Children, which is available as both in online and “live” formats.

 

Healing Sisters (www.healingsisters.org) – This online community is a place where sexual abuse victims can come together, share their stories and heal their wounds. After creating a free account, you can create your own blog or join the forums. The site was founded by Stacey Lennert, a sexual abuse victim who spent 18 years in prison for killing her father after 10 years of extreme sexual abuse. Works with volunteer licensed counselors who will answer members’ questions.

 

The Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse (www.abolishsexabuse.org) – FACSA is a non-profit organization working to enact laws to protect children from sexual abuse, bring perpetrators to justice and to hold accountable those who fail to protect children from abuse.

 

The LampLighter Movement (www.thelamplighters.org) – This international movement for incest and child sexual abuse recovery is dedicated to raising awareness about child sexual abuse and providing support for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, incest, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault.

 

Male Survivor (www.malesurvivor.org) – Committed to the prevention, treatment and elimination of sexual victimization of men and boys, this organization offers public education and offers guidance to those creating prevention programs. Includes a community for male survivors and therapist referral services.

 

Mothers Against Sexual Abuse (www.againstsexualabuse.org) – Created two decades ago as a foundation to educate society about child sexual abuse, this site offers information and resources regarding  sexual abuse. 

 

National Children’s Alliance (http://www.nationalchildrensalliance.org) – National Children’s Alliance is dedicated to helping local communities respond to child abuse allegations more effectively and efficiently. Their “One with Courage” campaign is centered around the courage required to talk about child sexual abuse, and the site offers free informative downloads on the subject, as well as a database of Children’s Advocacy Centers in the U.S. 

 

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (http://www.nsvrc.org) – Providing research and information, this organization works to prevent sexual violence and improve outreach and response strategies. Online resources include numerous publications, webcasts and videos on topics of sexual abuse, sexual assault and related topics.

 

Parents for Megan’s Law Helpline (http://www.parentsformeganslaw.org; 888.275.7365) – Dedicated to the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse, this site provides education, advocacy, counseling, victim services and policy/legislative support services. Includes state-by-state links to sex offender registries. 

 

Parent Support for Child Sexual Abuse (parentsupportforchildsexualabuse.com) – Created as an online support group for parents of children who have been sexually abused, this comprehensive site provides a place for parents to share their experiences as well as learn about such topics as grooming and PTSD. There’s also a section to help parents with issues specific to child sexual abuse victims.

 

RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org) – As the nation’s largest and highest profile organization working to build awareness of sexual assault and abuse, RAINN offers a number of fantastic resources for survivors and their loved ones. Thorough and informative, it was named one of America’s 100 Best Charities (Worth magazine) as well a one of the 10 best charities in the U.S. (Marie Claire magazine). Whether you’re looking for resources, information or want to get involved, RAINN.org is the best place to start.

 

Safe Girls Strong Girls (www.safegirlsstronggirls.org) – Created by author and sexual abuse survivor Amy Barth, Safe Girls Strong Girls is a non-profit organization committed to breaking the silence surrounding childhood sexual abuse and helping girls reclaim their voices. It is the home of Camp CADI, a one-of-a-kind summer camp designed specifically for girls between the ages of 8 and 21 who have been sexually abused.

 

Secret Shame (www.palace.net/~llama/psych/injury.html) – Created as an online support group for those who injure themselves, this site explores several aspects of trauma and PTSD, and provides alternative ways to cope with the urge to self-harm.

 

Sexual Abuse Resource Guide (www.sexualabusersrouceguide.com) – Download a free copy of the Sexual Abuse Resource Guide, which includes information on books, websites, legal resources, counseling services and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. 

 

Sexual Abuse Resource Network (www.sexualabuseresourcenetwork.com) – Provides information on resources available to sexual abuse survivors, as well as a blog and publications to help victims and their friends and family members, as well as offering tips on preventing child sexual abuse.

 

SNAP – Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (www.snapnetwork.org) – This site is designed specifically for those who were sexually abused by members of the clergy.

 

Stop it Now! (www.stopitnow.org) – Created in 1992 by Fran Henry, a childhood sexual abuse survivor, this organization provides adults, families and communities with resources and support to prevent sexual abuse.

 

Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse (www.stopcsa.org) – Founded by Dr. Pamela Pine, this non-profit works to stop child sexual abuse through global education. Their mission is to expose abuse and promote healing.

 

The Survivor Manual (www.survivormanual.com)  – This site was created by author and filmmaker Angela Shelton, and it’s rich with resources, videos, recovery information and Angela’s own insightful blog posts.

 

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (www.siawso.org) – This online resource includes a directory of group meetings throughout the U.S. that meet regularly and follow a 12-step program for recovery from incest. It is for men and women over the age of 18.

 

TAALK: Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids (http://www.taalk.org/) – Created by the mother of a sexual abuse victim, TAALK is a California-based organization that aims to reduce children’s vulnerability through education and awareness programs, and also to support survivors through the healing process.

 

The Wounded Healer Journal (www.twhj.org) – Designed as an online resource center for trauma survivors, this comprehensive site include a section on Teen Resources as well as hotlines, books, websites and more.

 

 

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