It can be extremely difficult for survivors of child sexual abuse to come forward and share their story. You may feel ashamed, concerned that you won’t be believed, or worried you’ll be blamed. At Our Kids, we believe every experience is unique. It is your story to tell, if you choose to tell it.
Millions of adult survivors are carrying shame that doesn’t belong to them. Resources are available to reduce the suffering and help you recover, heal, and feel safe.
Get help now
If you are feeling overwhelmed, are currently in a crisis, or have thoughts of hurting yourself, call 911 for immediate help.
If you need to talk with someone, call:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The national network of local crisis centers provides free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 is a safe, confidential service that connects you with staff trained in the area of sexual assault. When you call the hotline, only the first six numbers of the phone number are used to route the call, and your complete phone number is never stored, so it is truly anonymous. They also offer a confidential, one-on-one online chat service.
If you want to talk to someone in your community, find a therapist, treatment center or support group in your area:
Should I report what happened?
Justice means different things to different people. The decision to report to law enforcement is entirely yours.
If you would like to learn more about your options: