Resources for Victims of Sexual Abuse
Statistics show that a child is sexually assaulted in the United States every nine minutes. The Crimes Against Children Research Center estimates that one in five girls and one in twenty boys will be a victim of some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime. In the overwhelming majority of these cases, the victim knows the perpetrator. The psychological and emotional toll of sexual abuse can be devastating. Many survivors report that the trauma associated with sexual abuse can persist for years or decades. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse may not admit or even recognize the abuse until they are adults. The shame and embarrassment that many victims experience, along with the delayed realization of abuse, may make it difficult to seek help until long after the abuse occurred.
There are dozens of resources dedicated to counseling, advising, and assisting survivors of both childhood and adult sexual abuse. Though it may be difficult to take the initial step, contacting professionals trained to help survivors of sexual abuse can be a valuable tool for handling and mitigating the harmful consequences of sexual abuse. Below is a list of organizations and resources geared toward assisting sexual abuse survivors.
- * Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States combatting sexual violence by providing information and resources for victims of assault, including the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
- * The National Sexual Assault Hotline gives access to a range of services including confidential support, local resources and referrals, and other types of information to assist survivors.
- * The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides information on the effects of sexual abuse, interventions for children who have suffered trauma, and links to assist parents in understanding how to communicate with children who have experienced abuse.
- * The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers resources to educate people on prevention strategies and managing the effects of abuse.
- * 1in6 is an organization that offers information and services (such as a hotline and support groups) to adult men who have experienced sexual abuse to help them lead happier, more productive lives.
- * Darkness to Light is a non-profit organization that provides resources and training aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse.
- * The Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute is a non-profit organization that provides diagnosis and treatment tools to assist children who have experienced sexual trauma.
- * Stop It Now! provides support to parents whose children have been sexually abused to help parents heal and recover from the trauma of their child’s abuse.
In addition to these groups, there are numerous online support forums, religious and cultural organizations, and other informational and therapeutic resources to assist, inform and encourage survivors of childhood and sexual abuse. These organizations all share a similar message: as a survivor of abuse, you are not alone; what happened to you was not your fault; and you can find the support you need to heal and recover from your experiences.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, Levy Konigsberg has the experience and knowledge to help you seek the justice you deserve. We welcome you to call today for a free and confidential consultation with attorneys at our firm specializing in sexual abuse cases. Please call 1-800-225-9825 or submit an email inquiry above.