What should I do if a child tells me about abuse?
  • Be calm. If you appear to be angry, upset, or very emotional, the child may be frightened.
  • Let the child tell you about what happened in their own words and then reassure them that you believe him.
  • Tell the child that they are not in trouble and that they did the right thing to tell you about what happened.
  • Tell the child that you want to make sure that they will be safe. Let them know that you are going to get help so that this does not happen again.
  • Report what the child told you to Law Enforcement or child protection as soon as possible.

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1. How do I recognize child abuse?
2. Why should I report child abuse?
3. What if I'm not sure if the situation is serious enough to report?
4. How do I report suspected child abuse?
5. Who must report child abuse?
6. Are there penalties for a mandated reporter who fails to report child abuse?
7. If the allegation of child abuse cannot be proven, will I get into trouble for making the report?
8. What should I do if a child tells me about abuse?
9. As a parent, what can I do to prevent child abuse?
10. I don't want to make my children fearful by talking about sexual abuse or I don't want to talk to my children about sexual abuse because they are too young. Is it really necessary?