What to do if your child has been sexually assaulted

  • Believe your child
  • Take steps to protect your child and ensure safety for you both
  • Try not to question your child in great detail
  • Do not blame your child for what happened
  • Consider contacting your local police department or child protection agency
  • Make sure your child gets the care and support he or she needs

Bring your child to see one of our experts on an emergency basis if the assault is very recent or if the child complains of pain or has other symptoms.

If your child was assaulted more than 96 hours ago and has no urgent medical needs, please call us to help you choose the services that may be needed. This may include a scheduled forensic examination, a report to child protection services or department of human services, a report to police, counseling, treatment and other services.