Statistics show that children tell an average of 10 adults of abuse before anyone will believe them. Children rarely lie about sexual abuse. If a child tells you about sexual abuse, it is extremely important you tell the child you believe them. Calmly ask questions, ensuring you give the child enough time to describe what happened. Call child welfare and/ or the police. Make an appointment for a medical check-up. If you know about a child who is in immediate danger or risk, call 911 or your local police.
Whatever you do, don't ignore the incident. Remember - in Canada, the the law requires you to report suspected child abuse. Following are resources that can help.
KINSA - help for children, parents and educators
Stop it Now - warning signs in children and adolescents of possible sexual abuse
Kids in the Know for parents, educators; includes safety tools
Little Warriors - be aware – be trained – help prevent – help heal
Canadian Centre for Child Protection - see resources section
National Child Exploitation Centre
Facebook Warning for children and parents (pictures stolen and posted on child porn sites)
Defending the Dignity of the Defenseless - NotforSale.ca builds safe-houses in Thailand and Cambodia for children who are illegally trafficked and sexually abused.