• September 2009
  • Vol. 10, No. 7

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Help for Parents of Sexual Abuse Victims

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has developed a consumer-focused resource kit to give parents and caregivers information about how to support children and teens who have been sexually abused. Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know About Sexual Abuse is a multipart toolkit that covers the full range of effects of child sexual abuse and how parents, teachers, and even adolescent peers can help victims cope with trauma.

The contents cover issues such as acquaintance rape, intrafamilial abuse, and coping with the emotional stress of the legal system. Articles include a factsheet for adults, a safety guide for teens, and questions and answers about child sexual abuse. The booklet dispels myths of child sexual abuse and acquaintance rape and stresses the value of acceptance, talking, and listening to children as a way parents and caregivers can help relieve the severe impact of abuse.

NCTSN is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Visit the NCTSN website to download the file:

www.nctsnet.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/caring/caring_for_kids.pdf (11 MB)

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