Child Protection Resources

Darkness to Light

This nonprofit is dedicated to educating adults about how to identify and respond to child sexual abuse. Its website offers resources to help prevent child sexual abuse.


Stop It Now!

Stop It Now! is a nonprofit dedicated to “preventing the sexual abuse of children by helping adults, families, and communities take actions that keep kids safe.” Its website contains resources for parents and caregivers, people who work with children, and survivors of child sexual abuse. This nonprofit also maintains an online help center that can direct you to useful resources for different situations.


National Child Abuse Hotline
Toll-free: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
TDD: 1-800-2-A-CHILD

This hotline can help with reporting abuse, answering questions, giving advice, or providing other information. Trained counselors are available at no cost, 24 hours a day, to talk with callers on a confidential basis. Assistance is available for adults and children facing abusive situations and for adults and children recovering from child abuse or neglect.


Books for Families About Child Safety


The Safe Child Book: A Commonsense Approach to Protecting Children and Teaching Children to Protect Themselves

by Sherryll Kerns Kraizer

This book offers positive, concrete guidance about personal safety families can use and teach to children and helps caregivers practice personal safety skills with their children by using a variety of “What if” questions. It has chapters on abuse, bullying, staying safe online, and choosing childcare providers.


Out of Harm’s Way: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Young Children from Sexual Abuse

by Sandy K. Wurtele

This booklet is an excellent starting place for any parent or caregiver looking for information about how prevent child sexual abuse. In 30 clear, easy-to-read pages, this guide teaches readers how to recognize potential abusers, help keep children safe from abuse, and how to talk about sexuality and body safety with young children.


Off Limits: A Parent’s Guide to Keeping Kids Safe

by Sandy K. Wurtele and Feather Berkower

This easy-to-read, understandable, and practical book breaks down into 32 safety tips how parents, communities, and children themselves can prevent child sexual abuse. These tips are useful for parents of young children through to teenagers, and simple scripts are provided to help parents talk with children and teenagers about this sensitive topic.


Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents’ Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy, and Resilience

by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline (2008)

The authors explore in ordinary, jargon-free language how trauma of all types—from being in a fender-bender to severe sexual abuse—can affect children. They also discuss children’s remarkable resiliency in the face of such adverse experiences and help families and caregivers understand how to build resiliency in children and how to restore it in children who have suffered a traumatic experience.


Books for Children Recovering from Trauma


Please Tell!

By Jessie (1991)

Please Tell! is written and illustrated by a nine-year-old who shares her own experience of being sexually abused by her uncle and her journey to recover from the experience. This book is appropriate to read with children who have suffered sexual abuse to help them recover from trauma. Available in Spanish: Por Favor, Di!


A Terrible Thing Happened

by Margaret M. Holmes, illustrated by Carty Pillo (2000)

Using large, colorful illustrations and a simple, clear story, A Terrible Thing Happened explores what happens to a child who experiences a traumatic event. It acknowledges the many different responses young children can have to experiencing trauma and encourages children to find an adult they feel comfortable sharing their experiences with in order to begin the healing process.


Books for Adults Supporting Children Recovering from Trauma

When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parent’s Guide to Healing and Recovery

by Katheryn B. Hagans and Joyce Case (2004)

This book offers information, comfort, and advice to families experiencing the trauma of child sexual abuse. Using everyday language and modern research, this book explains both the effects of child sexual abuse and what families can do to heal.


Children Changed by Trauma

by Debra Whiting Alexander, Ph.D. (1999)

Dr. Alexander uses the experiences of actual children who have suffered a wide range of traumatic experiences to illustrate in clear, understandable language both how children respond to traumatic experiences and how adults can help support children through compassion and understanding. This book offers practical, intelligent advice to parents, friends, relatives, and educators for helping children who have experienced traumatic events.


Healing the Harm Done/Recuperarse Del Daño: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child Overcome the Effects of Sexual Abuse

by Jennifer Y. Levy, Ph.D. (2005)

Written in both English and Spanish, this book offers clear, concise advice for how parents and caregivers can help children recover from sexual abuse. In just 35 pages, Dr. Levy offers practical, real-world suggestions for how families can respond to children’s behavior in a positive, healthy way and help children work through the terrible trauma they have suffered.


Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse

by Caren Adams and Jennifer Fay (1998)

This is a practical guide for parents of a child who has suffered sexual abuse. It discusses each stage of a child’s recovery and includes sample conversations and activities for parents and children.