Learning that your child has been sexually abused can leave you trying to process many different distressing emotions while you are trying to stay strong for your child. Many parents feel like they have nowhere to turn and no support, which can lead to a spiral of shame, depression, and rage. If this describes you, let the following resources offer you a hand up.
Online Resources for Parents
Approximately 7% of children are sexually abused. If your child is one of them, the following websites are tailored to a variety of different types of child sexual abuse. If your child was abused by a stranger, acquaintance, family member, or even another child, there is a website for you.
Mothers of Sexually Abused Children (MOSAC) is a comprehensive source of information for
mothers whose child has been sexually abused. Often, mothers in this situation have few
resources and little-to-no support. You will find both things here. This group of moms really
understands what parents need after their child’s sexual abuse comes to light. If you’re lost,
distressed, angry, and you don’t know what to do next, this is the website for you.
Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids (TAALK) is a resource for non-offending parents of sexually
abused kids. This website also offers resources and support, and it also offers information about
dealing with attorneys, court, and therapists while you’re also trying to help your child and take
care of your family. It’s a lot to process, but these moms have been through it and they are
confident you will move beyond your child’s sexual abuse, too.
This website also offers free online courses that provide training that can help you to help your
child. You will also find support groups here, recommended reading lists, and survivor stories.
TAALK also offers resources for sexual offenders who are ready to get help.
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) offers help for parents of children who
have been sexually abused by family members. This resource offers help managing your
feelings so you can create a safe environment for your child. When the abuser is a family
member, you will go through a range of complex emotions. Check out this website if you’re
wondering how you’re supposed to react to the news that your child has been sexually abused.
Not all child sexual abusers are adults. Sometimes children sexually abuse other children, and
your child’s abuser may have even been another one of your children. If you’re in this situation,
the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) offers resources for
families of juvenile sex offenders.
Daily Strength’s Parents Whose Children Have Been Sexually Abused Support Group is one of
many support groups you can go to if you need to talk about your feelings toward your child’s
sexual abuse with other parents who are in the same predicament. The parents in these groups
share deeply personal stories that will let you know that you aren’t alone.
How an Attorney Can Help
The family has the right to pursue criminal and civil charges against anyone who sexually
abused their child. You may be awarded funds that can help pay for your child’s therapy, their
doctor bills, and any other expenses that resulted from this crime against your child.
A criminal trial can put your child’s abuser behind bars, where they can’t hurt your child again or
harm any other children. None of this will take back what happened, of course, but it can help
your child to feel safer and it can give you the satisfaction of knowing that you were able to do
something to protect your child, even if it is after the assault.
Guest Post By Katherine