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Learn what to do and who to call if you notice inappropriate behavior or suspect abuse. Learn ways that you can be supportive and encourage treatment both those who have experienced sexual abuse or who exhibit sexually harmful behaviors.
Canadian Public Health - When Children Act Out Sexually: A Guide for Parents and Teachers
Answers to questions about sexual abuse from recognizing signs & symptoms to responding to disclosure.
DCF - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Website
A Vermont Department for Children & Families website. Information on what to do if you suspect child sexual abuse or see inappropriate behavior, examples of situations you might encounter & possible responses.
DCF - Reporting Child Abuse in Vermont
If you suspect abuse or neglect, report it. Call 1-800-649-5285 — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
DCF - Responding to Disclosure About Sexual Abuse
It is important for adults to respond well when a child is able to tell about being abused. Often disclosures are vague, easy to miss if we are not listening & very difficult for a child to make. Be prepared.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse
Information to help recognize and support children who have experienced sexual abuse.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Understanding and Coping with Sexual Behavior Problems in Children
General information and guidance for care providers on causes, coping skills, treatment options and basic understanding of childhood sexual behavior problesm
Stop-It-Now - 12 Questions About Your Behavior Only You Can Answer
If you or someone you know has a strong sexual interest in children, you can prevent abuse from happening. If you notice this kind of interest by a youth or adult, help them avoid acting on the interest. Specific treatment for interest in sexual behavior with children has been shown to be successful. Sexual abuse of children is a crime, seek help before you or someone you know, commits it.
Stop It Now's Online Help Center
Confidential, online access to information about keeping children safe and getting help for everyone. Parents, survivors, family & friends, professionals, and people worried about their own thoughts or behaviors can use this interactive tool for guidance. Click or call 1.888.PREVENT (1.888.773.8368)