The Problem

What is child sexual abuse?

Children cannot consent to any form of sexual activity, period. Child sexual abuse can range from fondling or sexual touch, to any form of intercourse, to sex trafficking. Child sexual abuse also does not require physical contact between the abuser and the child.

Showing children pornography, exposing oneself to a minor or convincing the minor to expose themselves in person or over the internet, exchanging sexually obscene messages, are all forms of abuse as well.

Tragically, there is also a rising trend of child-on-child sexual abuse which is often initiated or spurred on by the influences of previous sexual abuse and/or exposure to pornography.

Learn more and take action through the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s various campaigns related to child sexual exploitation.

NCOSE Campaigns

Internet-based bulletin board-type advertising forums have contributed to an explosion in prostitution advertising and sex trafficking.

coalition to end sexual exploitation

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) unites groups and advocates addressing diverse issues of sexual exploitation for joint projects and the CESE Summit.

 

dirty dozen list

NCOSE’s annual Dirty Dozen List names 12 mainstream facilitators of sexual exploitation and provides easy actions that individuals can take to make a difference.

This groundbreaking campaign serves to shed a light on the victimization of boys and men, regarding all forms of sexual exploitation.

safe schools

Schools and libraries are supposed to be safe environments for children, and the community, to learn. However, these institutions are regularly exposing children to pornography.

 

podcast about sex trafficking

This podcast is an on-the-go educational resource to learn more about all issues of sexual exploitation.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has developed this agenda to provide Congress and the executive branch with critical recommendations that combat sexual exploitation and preserve human dignity.

Updates

STATEMENT – Twitter, Facebook Must Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation Material

NCOSE & 82 Other Child Protection Advocates Pen Letter to Senate Judiciary Ahead of Hearing with Twitter, Facebook CEOs Washington, DC (November 17, 2020) – Ahead of today’s hearing with the Twitter and Facebook CEOs, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) and 82 other child protection, anti-trafficking, and technology accountability advocates are calling on…

NCOSE Director of Public Policy Testifies in Front of Bipartisan Task Force

On October 1, 2020, Dr. Eleanor Gaetan, Director of Public Policy at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), testified in front of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence. The task force, which includes Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Susan Davis (D-CA), Dave Joyce (R-OH), and John Katko (R-NY), was holding a virtual roundtable…

EARN IT Act Has Teeth: Only Option in Congress for Online Child Protection

There is a lot of misinformation being spread by the technology industry regarding the EARN IT Act (S. 3398 / H.R. 8454). In the face of rising levels of child sexual abuse material being distributed and consumed online, the EARN IT Act is legislation that seeks to allow U.S. citizens to hold technology companies accountable…

Protect Children by Taking Action to Support the EARN IT Act

Promoting Pornography-free Schools: The Role of the US Dept. of Education

Our children’s health and well-being affects not only them as individuals, but greatly determines the overall health and well-being of our families, our communities, our country. Among the greatest threats our youth are currently facing is exposure to harmful pornography and sexually graphic material which can greatly affect their short and long-term mental, physical, and…

Dignity Defense Alert: Leadership of Protect Young Eyes Helps Parents and Children

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is proud to honor Protect Young Eyes with our August 2020 Dignity Defense Alert for their leadership in protecting children online, and especially for their initiative in shepherding the EARN IT Act through the legislative process. We applaud Protect Young Eyes for their instrumental role initiating this groundbreaking legislation…

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation's August 2020 Dignity Defense Alert: Protect Young Eyes

Help

National Center for the Sexual Behavior of Youth

The National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY) is a part of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences.

The mission of NCSBY is to promote better lives, through better choices by youth, caregivers, and professionals for healthier responses to and prevention of problematic sexual behavior of youth. NCSBY provides national training and technical assistance to improve the accuracy, accessibility, and strategic use of accurate information about the nature, incidence, prevalence, prevention, treatment, and management of youth with problematic sexual behavior.

NCSBY is also designed to disseminate the efforts of the OJJDP and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART)’s Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Program. This program targets late childhood and early adolescence for implementing evidence-based, coordinated, comprehensive management and intervention strategies to address problematic sexual behavior of youth, the effects on child victims, and their families.

 

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to making society safer by preventing sexual abuse. ATSA promotes sound research, effective evidence-based practice, informed public policy, and collaborative community strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment, and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse.

They offer a clearinghouse referral list for those looking for help for their children, youth and adults. Inquires can include for a specific language, special needs, geographic location. They can also refer to experts informed about local reporting law requirements if callers are concerned about a behavior and related reporting legalities.

Quick links to specific some of the relevant places on their website:

Multisystemic Treatment Services

Therapists work in the home, school and community and are on call 24/7 to provide caregivers with the tools they need to transform the lives of troubled youth. Research demonstrates that MST reduces criminal activity and other undesirable behavior. At the close of treatment, 87% of youth have no arrests.

Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for School-aged Children

PSB-CBT-S is a family-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, psychoeducational, and supportive treatment group designed to reduce or eliminate incidents of problematic sexual behavior. This program involves the family or other support systems in the child’s treatment and requires weekly caregiver attendance and active participation, monitoring and supporting the child’s application of skills between sessions, and ongoing assessment of child progress in treatment.

Check with the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences for help finding trained professionals.

 

Private In-patient Treatment Facilities

Star Guides is absolutely unique among therapeutic programs for teens because of its specific focus on diagnostic assessment and treatment of teen sexual and relational behavior issues offering counseling and therapy options for both males and females. Ages 13-22.

CAPSTONE TREATMENT CENTER is a Christ-centered, residential, behavioral-care program. We help families with sons ages 14-25 who struggle with a wide range of self-destructive behaviors; alcohol / drug abuse, problematic sexual behaviors including pornography; trauma and its symptoms – self harm, isolation, depression, anxiety; compulsive video gaming; and family issues that inhibit peace, harmony and quality relationships.

Neari Press & Training Center

NEARI Press & Training Center provides resources and training for the prevention of sexual violence. We are a source of practical, cutting-edge information for professionals and the public about promising and best-practice interventions for individuals with sexual behavior problems. We believe that by addressing healthy sexual development in children and adolescents, and responding to sexual behavior problems in children, adolescents, and adults, we can prevent sexual abuse before it is perpetrated.

 

Child Advocacy Centers – The National Children’s Alliance

National Children’s Alliance (NCA) is the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). A Children’s Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal from abuse, and hold offenders accountable.

CACs will definitely be able to help a victim of child sexual abuse and many are developing programs to help serve a youth with problematic or illegal sexual behavior. The NCA has made this a priority and many of the CACs around the country are developing programs.

Direct link to their webpage on PSB

 

Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses against Minors 

Bulletin published by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

This Bulletin draws on data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Incident-Based Reporting
System to provide population-based epidemiological information on juvenile sex offending.

It is OJJDP’s hope that the findings reported in this Bulletin and their implications will help inform the policy and practice of those committed to addressing the sexual victimization of youth and strengthening its prevention and deterrence—considerations that are critical to success. Their efforts to protect youth from victimization, or from becoming victimizers themselves, have our support and commendation.

 

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events.

 

The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM)

The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that supports the public and state and local jurisdictions in the effective management of sex offenders who are adults and juveniles.

 

The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)

The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) leads a movement of state-based juvenile justice reform organizations and alumni of its Youth Justice Leadership Institute to fight for a fairer youth justice system that’s appropriate for youth and their families. NJJN advocates for policies and practices that treat youth in trouble with the law with dignity and humanity and which strengthen them, their families and their communities.

Other examples of experts/resources:

  • Su Robinson, LICSW, VT (Girls with Problematic Sexual Behaviors) – Su Robinson does not have a website. Her contact information is: surobin@hotmail.com 802-489-5826 x 17, New England Counseling & Trauma Associates, LLC, 5399 Williston Road, Suite 207, Williston, VT 05495. Robinson is a resource for those who work with girls with problematic sexual behaviors. Her work began in the 90’s in Colorado, but has been in Vermont since 2006. She authored the first workbook designed for adolescent females with sexually abusive behavior. Once Robinson moved to Vermont, she noticed how completely difference criminal justice and support services appeared to be in the two states. Robinson does assessments, psycho-sexual evaluations and individual treatment with girls/women. Like many therapists who work with these issues she started by doing groups and applying models that were designed for males. She learned the need to have female specific work and to provide treatment that is both trauma-informed and offense-specific.

 

  • Kevin Creedon, Whitney Academy In his training, “Can we teach these kids to dance? A developmental approach to youth with sexual behavior problems,” Creedon explores a wide range of topic areas including: the role of attachment, child development, neuro impact of trauma.

 

  • David Prescott; Trainings on best practices for treating adolescents who’ve offended

 

  • Tom Leversee, Colorado 40 years of working with youth and their families involved in juvenile justice system; also on the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board

 

  • Toni Cavanaugh Johnson known for her work on expected sexual development in children and clarification of what is problematic versus expected behaviors in childhood

 

  • Timothy Kahn, Connecticut – for children and young adolescents Pathways model; wrote “Pathways: A Guided Workbook for Youth Beginning Treatment”.

 

 

While may be tempting to think of treatment for youth who commit offenses as totally separate from treatment for those victimized, some families have both those who did the harm and those harmed. Imagine the added challenges for parents and caregivers when attempting to understand and to meet the needs of both.

  • ATSA (Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers) treatment of people who are at risk to sexually offend as well as those who have sexually offended. Juvenile program includes work with children who display sexual behavior problems and adolescents who have engaged in sexually abusive behavior, or other sexual behavior problems.

 

  • Florida Action Committee Reforming Sex Offender laws– The purpose is to educate the media, our legislators and the public with the facts surrounding Sex Offender Issues. Our concern is for every citizen of Florida to enjoy a safer environment, particularly our children.

 

 

*If you or anyone you know is in immediate danger call 911

 

If You Suspect a Child is Being Harmed by RAINN

Advice on first steps to make a difference and help a child.

Report Child Sexual Exploitation CyberTipline by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

You can also contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24 hours a day at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

 

Tip Sheet: Warning Signs of Possible Sexual Abuse In A Child’s Behaviors by StopItNow! 

What to look for in the lives of children you know

 

 

  • Abuse Lawsuit Provides legal support and advocacy for survivors of institutionalized sexual abuse.

 

  • Child Justice, Inc. A non-profit oganization that advocates for children’ rights when the courts fail to protect them from abuse and domestic violence including CSA.

 

  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (King County, Washington) Legal Advocates for victims of sexual assault and their family members, including minors. Legal advocates will be available to answer questions, provide with information, and help navigate the legal system.

 

  • Legal Services for Children, Development of ARC (Advocacy, Relationship, Coordination), California (from website) For children who are victims of abuse and exploitation. Legal Services for Children (LSC) provides free legal and social services to children and youth in need. Each year, LSC serves over 2,500 children and provides comprehensive representation to approximately 600 youth. World Childhood Foundation supports the development of ARC (Advocacy, Relationship, Coordination) to enhance agency response to child trauma and part of establishing services at the Center for Youth Wellness.

 

 

  • Victims Right Center The center provides legal supports and serves as a catalyst for justice for every victim of any type of sexual violence.

ATSA, through its national line, and then member network, can provide local referrals for specifically trained therapist. Maia Christopher, Executive Director

 

Circles of Support and Accountability (Qualitative Evaluation) (COSA) A summary of COSA and related evaluations by Robin Wilson, explains that this model that grew from Canadian Mennonites and has gone international builds on restorative justice with professional supports and brings the community into assisting in risk management of released sex offenders. The evaluations point to increased accountability and greater safety for victims.

 

Stop it Now! Helpline http://www.stopitnow.org/get-immediate-help?color_box=width%3D600%26amp%3Bheight%3Dauto; (helpline)       http://www.stopitnow.org; (general) is primarily geared towards adults; it’s also a source for information and assistance for professionals and parents of youth who has problematic/harmful sexual behaviors.

 

StopSO, (Specialist Treatment Organization for the Prevention of Sexual Offending, UK)

These UK services are for anyone who feels at risk to commit a sex offense as well as those who have but who have not been caught. UK has different sets of reporting laws than the US and in various countries are look to ways to get those at risk to offend to seek help to not start or to stop harmful behaviors. On their website they outline the following ways to know “if therapy is for you”

  • You feel that your thoughts are worrying, and want help with them
  • You suffer stress, low self-esteem, depression or isolation
  • You worry that your behavior may escalate
  • Your behavior may be impacting on relationships, family and work
  • You feel on the brink of committing a sexual offence
  • You feel on the verge of losing everything
  • You are concerned that your behavior may become out of control
  • Other people may be at risk
  • Alcohol, drugs or other addictive behaviors may be increasing in an attempt to cope
  • You may be a man, or a woman, adult or adolescent
  • You may have had bad experiences of therapy in the past, and be reluctant to ‘try again’
  • You may know someone who is acting inappropriately

 

StopSO therapists are trained to work with everyone, in a non-judgmental way. They also offer family therapy and a range of resources for professionals who do this work

 

Self Help for those with Pedophilia (grass roots)

Self-help groups for those with pedophilia, or who struggle with problematic or compulsive behaviors but who haven’t acted, are one way for those seeking help to not harm a child can seek support to not act. Some of the groups have worked to build connections with professional associations of therapist and others have not. Some make it clear that an adult “having sex” with a child is always wrong. Most highlight the importance of seeking help so they do not harm a child.

 

ASAP Association for Sexual Abuse Prevention, Gary Gipson/Oregon, has goals of preventing sexual abuse by making therapy available to those with pedophilia before they ever act. Other goals are to educate the public and link non-offending pedophiles with therapist. Former website of theirs was “ilovechildren.net” which got a range of response from around the world.

 

Blue Rock Institute, for those who struggle with problematic and compulsive sexual behaviors including pedophilia or who are addicted to child pornography but who haven’t acted. Joan Tabachnick wrote a blog about founder Chuck Flinton

 

Virtuous Pedophiles (Nick Devlin) – This effort takes a hard line that sex with children is always harmful.

Circles of Parents, Circles of Parents split from another resource, Parents Anonymous. Circle of Parents are parent and care provider led support circles. According to Linda Johnson, PCAVT executive director, at their Circles of Parents program, the majority of parents (3/4) have histories of being sexually abused as children or adults and/or their children have been; and 25% are referred by Department of Children and Families or Family court and have been accused of hurting their one children – the rest self-refer. These groups are for all types of child maltreatment and neglect including child sexual abuse or related problematic behaviors. However, no perpetrators of sexual violence are permitted to join.

 

Inner Circle   offers support to friends and family facing the challenges of supporting someone who has offended. Inner Circle is a Support Group for Friends and Family of those who have offended.  This Group is Hosted at Project Pathfinder but facilitated by family members who have had to navigate the issues surrounding supporting and/or being involved with those who have sexually offended. Inner Circle is free of charge and is offered to the community at large, not just Project Pathway clients.

 

Mothers of Sexually Abused Children (MOSAC)  The MOSAC site is designed specifically for mothers who have experienced the sexual abuse of one of their children. Life is difficult for mothers following the disclosure of a child’s abuse, and they often have few, if any, resources available to them. This site is designed to be a comprehensive source of information about sexual abuse and to offer support and resources. (from website)

NEARI Parent to Parent Resources podcast by a range of issue experts and other tools for parents.

 

Nurturing Parent Programs: PCAVT modified version of their CSAP program to be specifically for at risk parents. They offer these programs about 70 times a year and also have contract to do them in men’s prison. The programs are multiple sessions, from 13-19 weeks.

Stop It Now! Help Line is for those looking for information, referrals for victims of CSA, youth or adults with problematic sexual behaviors; family members; professionals who work with them. The helpline is open 5 days a week from 12-6 and also can be reached via phone, email, social media and soon chat or text. Their updated website is a source of information for follow-up to callers or resources when the line is not active. They have a wide range of calls from parents wanting to know how to talk to their children about sexual abuse to an email from teens looking for help. As executive director, Jenny Coleman explained, we’ve had a teen who called saying, “Please help me. I will kill myself if I hurt a child and yet I have this interest in children.” The Stop It Now! Helpline networks with several other helplines to be able to offer more comprehensive services.

 

 

 

 

Families of children victimized, families of youth who’ve caused harm & families of adults who’ve sexually offended

 

While may be tempting to think of treatment for youth who commit offenses as totally separate from treatment for those victimized, some families have both those who did the harm and those harmed. Imagine the added challenges for parents and caregivers when attempting to understand and to meet the needs of both.

ATSA (Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers) refers to trained therapists who serve non-offending parents/partners/family members.

 

Florida Action Committee Reforming Sex Offender laws– Gail Colletta, mother whose son sexually abused a child as an adolescent, he got a long sentence, the founder/mother is herself a survivor but concerned about FL laws as the affect youth

 

Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) & Women Against Registry (WAR) are examples of grass root groups of individuals/families who’ve been negatively affected by a family member criminal history leading to that person being on the sex offender registry

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helplines & Hotlines

Hotlines and Helplines vary in scope from serving as referral and crisis lines with emphasis on reporting assistance to anonymous lines and offering short-term counselling/support and links to a broader range of services. Changing with technology, more such lines also offer ways to connect through chat and test and every changing digital and social media formats.

 

 

  • I in 6 for information and support for men who are survivors of child sexual abuse. 1 in 6 has CHAT page for help 24-7 with trained advocates. A number of the other help and hotlines refer adult male survivors of child sexual abuse to them.

 

  • 2-1-1 According to the United Way 2-1-1 website, 2-1-1 is a free, confidential service for people across North America to be linked to the local mental health services they need. The service is 24/7 and staffed by highly trained professionals.
    • When emailing their general line instead of entering zip code, state, city, county to find needed resources the return email says

If you are in need of 2-1-1 services, please dial 2-1-1 from your phone or use the search function at www.211.org to find the 2-1-1 center near you. If this is an emergency, please dial 9-1-1 or one of the following crisis hotlines:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Human Trafficking Hotline: Call 1-888-373-7888 ( TTY: 711)|Text 233733

  • FBI – Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force

 

  • SexTradeSurvivorResources.com – This website hosts a list of resources may be able to help individuals with short-term solutions and a range of emergency services that may be able to help adults involved in the sex trade.

 

  • National Human Trafficking Referral Directory – The online National Human Trafficking Referral Directory is designed to provide access to critical emergency, transitional, and long-term social services for victims and survivors of human trafficking. The directory also connects individuals with training and technical assistance and opportunities to get involved in their communities.

 

 

  • International Justice Mission – Human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems – police, courts and laws – effectively protect the poor.

 

 

  • Covenant House – With locations all over the US, Canada and parts of Latin America, Covenant House works in collaboration with the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) – a crisis care hotline that can provide you with assistance 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Their crisis shelters are open 24 hours a day with the promise of a hot meal, a warm bed and the chance to rebuild your life.

 

 

 

  • B.E.S.T. – Outreach Center directly services women by providing pro bono attorneys, and Certified Life Coaches in Anti-Trafficking; it also provides doctors, psychologists, medical testing and pharmacy services and clothing. The Lifestyle Center provides skill training to get women the much needed day to day life skill trainings and college bound training and job interview and other training.

 

  • Love146 – Love146 works toward the abolition of child trafficking and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare solutions while contributing to a growing abolition movement.

 

 

 

  • Cherished – Cherished is a nonprofit organization, comprised of a residential program and social enterprise that is run by survivors of commercialized sexual exploitation, human trafficking, addictions and life on the streets.

 

  • The Samaritan Woman – A faith-based organization operating transitional and restorative residential programs to women recovering from sex trafficking.

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE

National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE

National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-25ABUSE

 

 

  • Male SurvivorOvercoming sexual victimization of men and boys

 

 

 

 

  • Sexual Abuse – Resources and links to other recovery helps

 

 

  • Love is Respect – For any questions about dating in general or a specific relationship, or if you are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, you deserve support and resources to help you with your situation. You are not alone; their peer advocates are here for you 24/7.

 

  • Child Help – Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse

 

  • National Organization for Victim’s Assistance
    • Call 1-800-TRY-NOVA 9am-5pm Eastern Time, Monday-Friday
    • Whether you are a survivor of violent crime or dealing with financial crime victimization, we recognize that all victims experience loss.  While there are different kinds of loss, each can be profound, depending upon the perspective of victims and survivors. No one has to right to judge the impact of any given loss in your life.

 

 

  • Child Help – Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tools

NCOSE's 2019 Victories and Highlights
Public health harms of pornography research flyer
Safe schools safe libraries porn kids
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child sexual exploitation

Videos

Action

Contact EBSCO Executives

Pledge To Help Stop The Demand for Sex Trafficking

Email Steam Executives

Check Your Local School’s Online Databases

Download the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s action packet “The ABCs vs XXX: How to Ensure Your School’s Online Library Databases are Pornography Free.” This is a useful tool for any concerned parent or citizen who wants to protect children from being exposed to pornography and sexually graphic materials on school online resources.

DOWNLOAD HERE

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