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NCJ Number: 134163 Find in a Library
Title: What To Do If Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused
Corporate Author: Exploited Children's Help Organization (ECHO)
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Exploited Children's Help Organization (ECHO)
Louisville, KY 40202
Younger Women's Club of Louisville
Louisville, KY
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual provides step-by-step instructions for parents who learn that their child has been sexually abused, particularly if they live in the Louisville, Ky. metropolitan area and nearby communities.
Abstract: Parents are advised to believe their child, reassure the child that the child is believed and loved and was right to report the abuse, and make sure the child understands that the child is the victim and is not to blame for the abuse. They should also talk to the child openly, calmly, and lovingly; avoid making threats regarding the offender; report the crime; call child protective services; trust the authorities; and keep accurate and detailed notes. In addition, they should include the child in discussions and plans regarding prosecution, explain to the child about testifying honestly, ask the prosecutor to keep the parent informed, seek advice and help from the local victim information program, ask about videotaping the child's testimony, and seek professional counseling for the child. The counselor should have experience in treating sexually abused children, and the child should also be examined by a physician. List of symptoms of child sexual abuse, statistics, telephone numbers of agencies in the Louisville area, and address from which to obtain further information are included.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Parent education
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child abuse reporting; Child abuse situation remedies; Parental attitudes; Parental influence
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