Resources for Parents and Children to Prevent Abuse During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Stress, social isolation, increased internet use for work, education, and entertainment, and confinement due to stay-at-home directives associated with COVID-19 present increased risk of intrafamilial child sexual and online child sexual abuse. To mitigate this risk, Dr. Elizabeth Letourneau at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health created this page to existing resources and "how to" guides to help safeguard your children and family from harm.
The resources presented here were reviewed by the Moore Center team and other experts for credibility of source, utility in terms of actionable advice, up-to-dateness of the advice, user-friendliness, and accessibility. We do not include all possible resources; rather, we limited the selection to high-quality resources generated by reputable organizations that - where possible - are available in multiple languages.
Throughout this year, this list will be updated through the end of 2020. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit additional resources for consideration.
This global nonprofit offers parents a How-to Guide on how to respond to disclosure to identifying signs of abuse. The link also includes a variety of research-based resources. (English-language website with Spanish-language resources at Abierto y a Menudo).
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
As the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) and Safe Helpline for the U.S. Department of Defense. RAINN also offers advice if you suspect a child being harmed. (English-language website with Spanish-language resources at https://rainn.org/es).
Upstream enables adults in Scotland to prevent child sexual abuse and to protect the next child. Their website offers guidance on talking to your child 12 years old and under, and teenagers 12+, and advice to help your child navigate the online world and prevent abuse from happening.
The World Childhood Foundation (WCF) acts as a liaison between donors and community-based organizations and is currently supporting over 100 projects in 17 countries. The WCF identify, review and support existing projects and new initiatives and efforts that are aligned with Childhood's mission; to defend the rights of children and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world.
About the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
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