1. Parenting

Sexual Abuse

Information, resources and help for parents on how to recognize the signs and what to do if you think your teen has been sexually abused.

Adult-Child Sex: Is It Abuse or Misuse?
Excellent article by Nancy Faulkner, Ph.D.

Can Victims Heal From the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse?
This survivor of child sexual abuse says "Yes!"

Child Protection
Describes stages of grief observed in most parents who are dealing with the sexual abuse of their child.

Fact Sheet: Pedophilia
From the American Psychiatric Association.

Impact of Child Sexual Abuse
Long term effects of child abuse include fear, anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor self esteem, tendency toward substance abuse and difficulty with close relationships. Read more here.

Incest / Sexual Abuse of Children
One out of three girls, and one out of seven boys, are sexually abused by the time they reach the age of eighteen. Read more here.

Recognizing Sexual Abuse
Medical information written for school nurses, good resource.

Sexual Abuse of Males
Prevalence, lasting effects, and resources, an essay by clinical psychologist Jim Hopper.

Sexual Abuse Prevention
If your child does reveal sexual abuse to you, the most important point is to take what your child says seriously. Readd more here.

Sexual Abuse Prevention
What to do if you suspect child sexual abuse.

State Directory
For Offices of Victim Services.

State Sex Offenders Registries
A listing of registries by state.

The Secrecy of Child Sexual Abuse
The nature of the crime constituting child sexual abuse is intertwined with the issue of victim secrecy. Read more here.

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