Child Abuse Education & Prevention Resources


Online Resources

Prevent Child Abuse America
Dedicated to providing information on child abuse and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.

Stand for Children
Advocate for improvements to, and funding for, programs that give every child a fair chance in life.

Children Now
Information on child abuse and on making children the top public policy priority.

American Humane
Devoted to preventing cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and animals.

Child Welfare League of America
Child Welfare League of America National Data Analysis System CWLA, in cooperation with the nation’s state child welfare agencies, provides a comprehensive, interactive child welfare database. Internet users can create customized tables and graphs, as well as access information on child abuse.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals and concerned citizens to timely, essential information and resources targeted to the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families.

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CWLA, in cooperation with the nation’s state child welfare agencies, provides information on child abuse in a comprehensive, interactive child welfare database.

Child Trends Data Bank
Source for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.

Children’s Action Alliance
Helps promote the well-being of children and their families through research, policy development, media campaigns and advocacy.

Children’s Defense Fund
Mission is to ensure every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse
Exchange among researchers in child maltreatment field.

Respect in Sport
Respect in Sport is an online bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect prevention program for coaches and community leaders.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau
Government site featuring information on child abuse, statistics, and resources related to child welfare.

Zero to Three
Publications, reference guides to programs, projects and professional developmental services promoting the healthy development of our nation’s infants and toddlers.

Literary Resources

NO-NO THE LITTLE SEAL by Judith Feldman (1986)
A young seal is upset when his uncle starts touching his body in private places, until he finds the courage to tell Wise Whale Reading level: baby-preschool

SOMETHING HAPPENED AND I'M SCARED TO TELL: A BOOK FOR YOUNG VICTIMS OF ABUSE by Patricia Kehoe (1987)
Helps shift the blame from the victim to the perpetrator which is a crucial message. Available in English and Spanish.

LOVING TOUCHES by Lory Freeman (1986)
Tool to reach young children about the need for loving, nurturing touches as well as the prevention of harmful touches Reading level: ages 4-8

TELLING ISN’T TATTLING By Kathryn M. Hammerseng (1995)
Encourages kids to think about how they might handle both minor irritations and potentially dangerous situations Reading level: ages 4-8

THE TROUBLE WITH SECRETS by Karen Johnson (1986)
Helps young children understand the difference between secrets to be kept and those that are not. Available in English and Spanish

A BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY BOOK: A FAMILY GUIDE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION by Sol Gordon and Judith Gordon (1992)
Discusses the sexual assault of children and how it can be prevented or survived Reading level: ages 4-8

MY BODY IS PRIVATE by Linda W. Girard (1984)
Introduces the topic of sexual abuse and ways to keep one's body private Reading level: ages 4-8

IT'S MY BODY by Lory Freeman (1983)
Written especially for the preschool child Reading level: ages 4-8 IT HAPPENS TO BOYS, TOO by Jane Satullo & Russell Bradway (1987) Reading level: ages 6-13

NO MORE SECRETS FOR ME by Oralee Wachter (2002)
Helps parents talk with their children about the sensitive subject of sexual abuse Reading level: ages 9-12

PLEASE TELL!: A CHILD'S STORY ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE by Jessie Ottenweller (1991)
A simple book with a profoundly important message for children who have been sexually abused: the abuse wasn't their fault Reading level: ages 9-12

IT HAPPENED TO ME: A TEEN’S GUIDE TO OVERCOMING SEXUAL ABUSE by William Lee Carter (2002)

HOW LONG DOES IT HURT: A GUIDE TO RECOVERING FROM INCEST AND SEXUAL ABUSE FOR TEENAGERS, THEIR FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILIES by Cynthia Mather and Kristina Debye (2004)
Speaks directly to victims of sexual abuse to help them come to grips with what is happening to them and overcome their feelings of isolation, confusion and self-doubt

THE ME NOBODY KNOWS: A GUIDE FOR TEEN SURVIVORS by Barbara Bean and Shari Bennett (1997)
Offers simple, concrete advice about reporting abuse and how to seek counseling

THE MOTHER’S BOOK: HOW TO SURVIVE THE MOLESTATION OF YOUR CHILD by Carolyn M. Byerly

WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN MOLESTED: A PARENT'S GUIDE TO HEALING AND RECOVERY by Kathryn B. Hagans, Case Joyce, and Kathryn Brohl (1998)
Provides information, comfort and advice for families on how to put the pieces back together again after a child has been sexually molested

HELPING YOUR CHILD RECOVER FROM SEXUAL ABUSE by Caren Adams (1992)

DO YOU HAVE A SECRET?: HOW TO GET HELP FOR SCARY SECRETS by Pamela Russell and Beth Stone (1986) Discusses, in simple text and illustrations, good and bad secrets, how to differentiate between them, and how not to keep bad secrets to oneself

HELPING KIDS BREAK THE SILENCE OF SEXUAL ABUSE by Linda Lee Foltz (2003)

Prevention Resources

NO MORE SECRETS: PROTECTING YOUR CHILD FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT by Caren Adams and Jennifer Fay (1981)

THE SAFE CHILD BOOK: A COMMONSENSE APPROACH TO PROTECTING CHILDREN AND TEACHING CHILDREN TO PROTECT THEMSELVES by Sherryll Kraizer (1996) Gives parents effective and nonthreatening techniques for teaching children how to protect themselves without making them afraid

STRANGER DANGER: HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE by Carol Soret Cope (1997)

WHO IS A STRANGER AND WHAT SHOULD I DO? by Linda Walvoord Girard (1993)
How to deal with strangers in public places, on the telephone, and in cars, emphasizing situations in which the best thing to do is run away or talk to another adult

PLAY IT SAFE by Kathleen Sharar Kyte (1983)
Advice for protecting your home, property, and body from robbery, assault, and other crimes

I SAID “NO!”: A KID TO KID GUIDE TO KEEPING YOUR PRIVATE PARTS PRIVATE by Sue Rama (2008)

MY VERY OWN BOOK ABOUT ME: A PERSONAL SAFETY BOOK by Mary Dietzel (2000)
Teaches kids personal safety and how to better protect themselves

SO WHAT'S IT TO ME by Gayle M. Stringer (1989)
Practical examples of how to prevent assault

Grandparenting Book List

RAISING OUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN by Deborah Doucette-Dudman (1997)
Examines reasons a birthparent does not raise his or her child, the choices grandparents must make, and the far-reaching consequences of those choices, the ongoing relationships with birthparents, and dealing with the legal system

THE GRANDPARENTS' BOOK by Anastazia Little (1988) GRANDPARENTS’ RIGHTS by Traci Truly (2005)

GRANDPARENTS’ RIGHTS: WHAT EVERY GRANDPARENT NEEDS TO KNOW by Patricia Slorah (2003)

GRANDPARENTS’ RIGHTS with FORMS by Traci Truly (1995)

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION’S LEGAL GUIDE FOR AMERICANS OVER 50 (2006)

GRANDPARENTS ARE FOREVER: YOUR LEGAL GUIDE TO PROTECTING THE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN by Traci Truly (2005)

NO GREATER LOSS: THE GUIDEBOOK TO TODAY’S GRANDPARENTS’ RIGHTS by Neil Taft (2010)

Suicide Book Resources

NO ONE SAW MY PAIN: WHY TEENS KILL THEMSELVES by Andrew Slaby and Lili Frank Garfinkel (1996)

SUICIDE: THE FOREVER DECISION…FOR THOSE THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE, AND FOR THOSE WHO KNOW, LOVE OR COUNSEL THEM by Paul Quinnett (1993)

WHY SUICIDE? ANSWERS TO 200 OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SUICIDE by Eric Marcus (1996)

WHY SUICIDE? QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT SUICIDE, SUICIDE PREVENTION, AND COPING WITH THE SUICIDE OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW by Eric Marcus

CUTTING RESOURCES WHEN YOUR CHILD IS CUTTING by McVey-Noble, Khemlarir-Patel

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