Resources for Parents and Children to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
Families play an important role in safeguarding children from harm and preventing child sexual abuse.
The resources presented here were reviewed by the Moore Center team and other experts for credibility of source, utility in terms of actionable advice, timeliness of the advice, user-friendliness, and accessibility. We do not include all possible resources; rather, the selection is limited to include high-quality resources generated by reputable organizations that, where possible, are available in multiple languages.
Please email MooreCenter@jh.edu to submit additional resources for consideration.
Committee for Children
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).
Stop It Now! USA
Stop It Now! USA prevents the sexual abuse of children. They offer COVID-19 resources, advice columns, and guidance on children's sexual behavior for parents and caregivers.
Upstream: Protecting the next child
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.
World Childhood Foundation
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
Positioned within the #1 School of Public Health in the country, the Moore Center’s mission is to support and conduct research that betters our understanding of child sexual abuse, educate policymakers and the public and cultivate partnerships with organizations to develop proven strategies that prevent child sexual abuse.