Resources

The Voices and Faces Project

A national organization whose mission is to create a national network of survivors willing to stand up and speak out about sexual violence whose writing workshop has been attended by Sooz, a founder of the Healing Voices newsletter.

Prevent Child Abuse America

A national organization promoting healthy development of children and prevention of child abuse before it occurs; website has guidance and resources for anyone who suspects signs of child abuse.

Hope for Mental Health Ministry

A ministry, which has co-hosted a conference with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, founded by Kay and Rick Warren after their son committed suicide. It serves those with mental illness, those who love them, and those who support them as ministers, priests and friends.

One in Six

A resource for male survivors which includes a hot-line and info for men, family, friends and professionals.

RAINN

Site with information, online help and more for both men and women.

National Center for PTSD

Videos, articles, crisis line and more for survivors of sexual abuse who experience PTSD.

PTSD Coach

A phone app with tools to help survivors manage trauma symptoms.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA)

One source of many for support groups for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, with these groups being like other 12-Step groups self-moderated without professional supervision.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – Victim Assistance and Survivor Ministry

Web resource on current policy with the Catholic Church, descriptions of review-board process and other aspects of child protection, free copies of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” and links to diocesan victim assistance coordinators.

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (USCCB) Free PDF


NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) features extensive information aboutNational Child Abuse Prevention Month 2016, including ideas for how to learn more, how to get involved and how to share information with others to promote child safety.

On a global scale, the World Health Organization (WHO) describes its work combating child maltreatment, while the United Nations has articulated standards for child welfare in the landmark Convention on the Rights of the Child as implemented globally via the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

One look at UNICEF’s history since the 1940s reveals progress–and daunting challenges even now–across the globe.

Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a very real need, so get involved! Know what child abuse is, what its signs are, and what to do if you suspect a child is being abused sexually or otherwise. For excellent guidelines, resources and guidance for signs of abuse and how to report suspected abuse, visit Prevent Child Abuse America as well as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.