The mission of Safer Society Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is to provide services and resources for preventive and restorative responses to sexual and social violence.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center - The NSVRC’s mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.The National Sexual Assault Hotline was the nation’s first decentralized hotline, connecting those in need with help in their local communities. It’s made up of a network of independent sexual assault service providers, vetted by RAINN, who answer calls to a single, nationwide hotline number. Since it was first created in 1994, the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) has helped more than 3 million people affected by sexual violence.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. We promote the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals and communities with leadership and resources for compassionate, effective delivery of human services.
National Center for Victims of Crime - Reporting on child sexual abuse (CSA) presents a number of challenges. The victims—children from birth to 17 years of age—are often traumatized by the experience and afraid to come forward. CSA may cause a wide variety of emotional and behavioral problems that make it difficult even for adult survivors to discuss their victimization because of the trauma, shame, and grief associated with the crime. Reporters should be aware of these issues and understand that child victims’ accounts may be less cohesive and polished than those of adults. Despite such challenges, victims’ perspectives should be included in stories about CSA, so that the public learns about the complex issues involved and the important impact of these crimes on society.
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) is a non-profit, professional membership organization founded to foster research, facilitate information exchange, further professional education and advance professional standards and practices in the field of sex offender evaluation and treatment.
Juvenile Law Center Juvenile Law Center fights for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity for youth. We work to reduce the harm of the child welfare and justice systems, limit their reach, and ultimately abolish them so all young people can thrive.
The National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY) provides information, training and technical assistance for working with children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems and illegal sexual behavior. The Center was developed jointly through the Office of Juvenile Justice and the University of Oklahoma.
How Trauma Affects the Brain Trauma is any experience that overwhelms the senses and creates psychological distress and fear. According to the National Center for PTSD, nearly every person will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, and many people go on to develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Prevent Child Abuse America - Child sexual abuse exploits and degrades children and can cause serious damage to cognitive, social, and emotional development of a child. As a society, we have a collective responsibility to prevent child sexual abuse. To accomplish this, we must initiate and support services and policies that enhance children’s development, health and safety and we must advocate for policies and programs to help meet the basic needs of children and families. We must also promote research, training, and public education to strengthen protective factors that buffer risk factors for sexual abuse while also directly addressing those risk factors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers tips for parents. Sexual abuse is a difficult subject for most people to discuss, and especially difficult for parents to discuss with their children. But as frightening as the topic may be, sexual abuse is a serious and, unfortunately, common problem that affects both boys and girls. In most cases, the person who sexually abuses a child is an adult or older child known to the victim, often an authority figure that the child knows, trusts or loves. The offender usually uses coercion and manipulation, not physical force, to engage the child.
Darkness to Light - Child sexual abuse takes many forms, and they aren’t just physical. At its core, child sexual abuse is any sexual act between an adult and a minor, or between two minors when one exerts power over the other. It also includes non-contact acts such as exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, and voyeurism. Child sexual abuse can occur anywhere. It happens in places like homes, neighborhoods, schools, and youth sports environments, but it also occurs online, such as child pornography or communicating in a sexual manner by phone or internet.