What You Should Know

CALL 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) then push 1 to talk to a hotline counselor. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline counselors work with translators who speak more than 200 languages to help callers who speak a language other than English. All calls are anonymous. (The hotline counselors don’t know who you are and you don’t have to tell them.)

  • No one has the right to abuse you.
  • You don’t deserve to be abused.
  • If you are being abused, you are a victim.
  • It’s not your fault that you are being treated this way.
  • It is wrong that you are suffering this pain, fear or sadness.
  • You are not alone. Other kids suffer abuse, too.
  • Sometimes abusers scare or threaten kids so they won’t tell.
  • There are people who care about you and want to help you.
  • If you are being abused, please tell a safe person – that’s someone you can trust like a teacher, counselor, school nurse, neighbor or parent. You can also talk to a Childhelp hotline counselor.
  • How to protect yourself from abuse.
  • Do not be alone with anyone who hurts you.
  • Listen to the little voice or gut feeling inside you when it says what is being done to you isn’t right.
  • Find an adult you trust and tell them what is happening. If they don’t believe you, keep telling other adults until someone does believe you!
  • The adult you speak to (perhaps a teacher or a neighbor) may want to tell the police or Child Protective Services about the person who is hurting you. If they don’t know the telephone number to call to make the report, they should call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) and press 1 to speak with a hotline crisis counselor. The crisis counselor will give them the best number to call in your community.
  • If you are too nervous or scared to tell someone you know about the abuse, but want it reported to the people who look into child abuse, call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453), then press 1. A Childhelp hotline counselor can make a three-way call so that you, the hotline counselor, and the person taking the report in your area are all on the telephone at the same time.
  • Before you call to make the report, the hotline counselor can tell you what may happen after a report of abuse is made.
  • A lot of people don’t realize it, but every day in the United States thousands of kids are abused. That adds up to millions of kids each year. More than 3.3 million in fact.
  • Often children and teens are abused by the people who are closest to them like family, friends, sitters, neighbors and sometimes even teachers and coaches. These are the very people that children should feel the safest with.
  • You are not alone. If you need help or have questions about child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) then push 1 to talk to a counselor. The hotline counselors are available 365 days a year to help kids, and adults who are worried about kids they suspect are being abused. You can call this number if you live in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • There WILL NOT be a charge for the call on your telephone bill if you use a regular phone or a pay phone. If you use a mobile phone or cell phone, there may be a charge and it may show up on the telephone bill. (Don’t use a mobile or cell phone if you want to be sure your call is a secret.) Do not make prank calls to the hotline. This will tie up the phones and keep us from talking to someone who really needs help right away.

Reading Resources for Kids

My Yucky Feeling (by Anne Malver, author of My Safe PlaceFound here)

“Teaching children to trust their gut makes this book a must read for children & parents! And it’s an outstanding resource. As parents, teachers, and trusted adults it is our job to empower and educate our children. This engaging book is an important teaching tool that can save a child by letting them know they matter and they have the power within themselves. Think about donating one to your child’s school. That’s my plan!” – Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

 

Educator and author Anne Malver has worked tirelessly in an effort to help victims of abuse. Holding multiple degrees in Education and Psychology, and Graduate Certificates in Special Education and School Counseling, Anne serves her community as a School Counselor in rural Western Washington. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Anne has a unique perspective which she brings to her work both as a clinician and as an author. Her book, “My Yucky Feeling” addresses the fact that we have an internal alarm system when danger is near. This can be described as My Yucky Feeling and can help keep us safe when in harm’s way. This book may be used as an additional teaching tool as part of an ongoing family dialogue about child abuse prevention education. Click here to order the book.

You can contact her by email at annemalver@gmail.com and can follow her on Instagram: @anne.malver


 

Cate’s Magic Garden (by Betsy Coffeen)

Cate's Magic Garden

Written by Betsy Coffeen

A heartwarming and lavishly illustrated picture book to remind young readers that even in the darkest of times, “words change worlds.” When Cate the caterpillar discovers a dried-up garden and the grumpy critters who call it home, it’s up to her to show Davey Dung Beetle, Pete Potato Bug, and Walter Worm how to make it bloom. Can Cate teach them to use the magic of friendship and the power of positive thinking to bring their garden back to life?

 

Betsy Coffeen is a mom, a Childhelp Wings Advisor, and a freelance writer, trying to make the world a better place one word at a time. She lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her husband Clay and three children. She enjoys running, yoga, traveling with her family, and devoting her time to serving the children of Childhelp. She especially wants to thank her husband, Minnesota family, cherished cousins Stephanie, and dear friend Jamie Relei Ferguson. Click here to order her book.

You can contact her by email at coffeen2@cox.net


 

Some Parts are NOT for Sharing (by Julie Federico, author of Anger is OKAY Violence is NOTFound here)

“Travel with a pair of friendly fish as they learn about what parts of our bodies we share with others. Children will learn what the boundaries of appropriate touching are in a very non-threatening way. Children will enjoy learning about their bodies as they get some important information from a pair of fish. Parents will marvel at the simple straight-forward language and use of sea creatures that create this message all children must hear.”

 

Julie Federico, M.A. is a former a middle school counselor. Violence in schools is a topic Ms. Federico understands. She was employed with Jefferson County Public School District during the 1999 Columbine High School shootings and was a first responder. Ms. Federico awarding winning children’s author of “Some Parts are NOT for Sharing” and “Anger is OKAY Violence is NOT” are children’s first books on personal safety and anger control. Click here to order the book. This book is also available in Spanish – found here.

You can contact her by email at juliefederico@gmail.com.


 

I love you so much that… (by Kathy J Picard, author of Life with My Idiot FamilyFound here)

“An enchanting story written with warmth and purpose about what love is and does to keep children safe. With soft, simple illustrations and meaningful text, this beautiful story focuses on keeping children aware of what caring adults expect, teach, and share. It should be read, shared, and talked about often. This will certainly help young minds to understand what is and isn’t love.”

 

Since 2003, Kathy Picard has worked tirelessly to raise public awareness about the prevalence and realities of childhood sexual abuse. Using her own life’s experience as a platform, she speaks to public, private and political audiences as part of her mission to expose childhood sexual abuse for the “dirty little secret” it continues to be, and to educate and inform all of us about how we can become a part of the solution. For her consistent and concerted efforts towards raising awareness, and for being an active and vocal advocate in the successful reform of the Massachusetts Statute of Limitations laws regarding sex crimes against children, she was awarded an Unsung Heroine Award, the William Pynchon Award, and Zonta International’s Founder’s Day Award. Click here to order the book.

You can contact her by email at kathychildadvocate@gmail.com.


 

Take Care of Yourself! (by Shohreh Afshar)

“When Helen, a kindergarten teacher, entered her class with a huge bag instead of her usual books, children right away realized that something different and important was going to take place that day. The story educates children to be aware of their feelings and trust them. The book also educates children what to do when facing an uncomfortable situation.”

 

Shohreh currently lives in Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada. Throughout her career, she has worked in a number of industries, such as health care and education, as a teacher, analyst, IT professional and project manager. Her formal studies were mainly in the fields of Humanities (MA), teaching/learning methods, human rights for children and child abuse prevention. While teaching, she closely observed how childhood abuse deprives a child from a happy and normal life. Equally disturbing is the shocking amount of adults, even seniors, whose entire lives were poisoned by debilitating memories of childhood abuse. These two close observations compelled her to draw on her experiences and studies to make a contribution towards preventing all forms of child abuse. Prevention requires awareness and awareness in turn requires education. This book intends to provide some basic educational material. Click here to order the book.

Downloadable Resources

List of Child Protective Services Phone Numbers

Child Protective Services