Reporting Child Sexual Abuse
If you suspect a child is being sexually abused, getting the proper help and support is vital. Typically, the situations that require reporting are:
- A child and/or adult shows numerous and consistent warning signs of abuse or being at risk to abuse
- A child has stated that he or she is being abused by an adult
- A child has stated that another child has been engaging in sexually harmful behaviors with him or her
- A child states that he or she has sexually harmed another child
- An adult has stated that he or she has sexually abused a child
- An individual has become aware of child pornography online
- An adult is aware of another adult or child who is viewing child pornography
If an adult who is responsible for caring for a child is suspected of sexually abusing a child, then the local child protection services should be contacted. If an adult who is not in a caregiving position with a child is suspected of sexual abuse, the local police should be notified. Concerns about child pornography can be reported to either the local police or cyber crime tiplines.
- What is Child Protective Services?
- When and How to File a Report
- Who is Required to File a Report?
- Mandated Reporters
- When Must a Therapist File a Report?
- Making the Difficult Decision
- What Might Happen When I File a Report?
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Numbers By State in the USA (link is external)(Child Welfare Information Gateway)
A listing of phone numbers by state to call and report child abuse.
International Childhelp Line (1.800.4ACHILD)(link is external)
Provides 24/7 assistance in 170 languages to adults, children and youth with information and questions regarding child abuse. All calls are anonymous and confidential.
USA CyberTipline (1.800.843.5678)(link is external) (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
National reporting hotline for internet safety.
Form to report CSE, CSA, Trafficking to Homeland Security.
International directory of resources for reporting concerning online content.
Reporting internet sexual abuse crimes against children.