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The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

FAQ and Factsheets: Child Sexual Abuse

Child Abuse

Child abuse does not discriminate. It spans all racial, gender, socio-economic and demographic boundaries. While it may be more likely to be reported and thus reflected in greater numbers of cases involving lower income families, it is by no means a problem limited to members of one economic or racial group. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Child Sexual Abuse

Twenty-nine percent of female rape victims in America were younger than eleven when they were raped (National Center for Victims of Crime & Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992). Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse includes a wide range of sexual behaviors that take place between a child and an older person. These sexual behaviors are intended to erotically arouse the older person, generally without consideration for the reactions or choices of the child and without consideration for the effects of the behavior upon the child. Behaviors that are sexually abusive often involve bodily contact, such as in the case of sexual kissing, touching, fondling of genitals, and oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse. However, behaviors may be sexually abusive even if they don't involve contact, such as in the case of genital exposure ("flashing"), verbal pressure for sex, and sexual exploitation for purposes of prostitution or pornography. Read More...

From the Series: The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Child Sexual Abuse: Defining the Problem

Mental health approaches to child sexual abuse tend to ignore the social and cultural context of any given episode of sexual abuse. As an organization, Generation Five is committed to shifting responses to child sexual abuse from individualized, mental health approaches to approaches that acknowledge child sexual abuse and exploitation as a social and political issue. The public health approach, the family violence approach, and the human rights approach are discussed as alternatives to the mental health approach. Read More...

From the Series: Generation Five

Child Victims and the Law

The law has traditionally treated children differently than other victims. State criminal codes define many crimes against children separately from the same offenses committed against adults. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Crimes Against Children

Every state recognizes a special duty to protect children. Across the country, states have defined numerous crimes against children, provided higher levels of punishment for crimes committed against children, required the reporting of crimes against children, and adopted a variety of special laws aimed at reducing the victimization of children. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Grief: Children

The death of a family member or friend can be a painful, confusing and often frightening experience at any point in one's life. Yet, to suffer this loss as a child brings with it a unique and perhaps more complex set of issues and intricacies. Lack of emotional maturity and limited coping capabilities may render a child emotionally unable to work through the grief that accompanies the death of a loved one. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Incest

While the prevalence and severity of child abuse in the United States has been given an increasing amount of attention -- attitudes, definitions and statistics continue to vary. The examination of incest may incite some of the greatest discrepancies, for it remains one of the most under-reported and least discussed crimes in our nation. An almost international taboo, incest often remains concealed by the victim because of guilt, shame, fear, social and familial pressure, as well as coercion by the abuser. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Key Messages About Safety for Girls

Ten key messages about safety for girls. Read More...

From the Series: Girls Inc.

Missing Children

Missing children includes two categories: children who have been taken, and those who have left. These two categories can be broken down into five different sub-categories: non-family abductions; family abductions; runaways; throwaways; and lost, injured, or otherwise missing. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

PTSD in Children and Adolescents

The diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was formally recognized as a psychiatric diagnosis in 1980. At that time, little was known about what PTSD looked like in children and adolescents. This fact sheet provides information regarding what events cause PTSD in children, how many children develop PTSD, risk factors associated with PTSD, what PTSD looks like in children, other effects of trauma on children, treatment for PTSD, and what you can do for your child. Read More...

From the Series: The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Safety Tips for Children: Grades K-5

Most grown-ups are nice to kids and care about what happens to them. But every now and then there are grown-ups who try to touch a child in a way that is not okay. It might be a person you know and trust, like a relative, teacher or neighbor. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Safety Plans

Safety Tips for Children: Sexual Assault

Most grown-ups are nice to kids and care about what happens to them. But every now and then there are grown-ups who try to touch a child in a way that is not okay. It might be a person you know and trust, like a relative, teacher or neighbor. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Safety Plans

Safety Tips for Parents

As a parent, one of your primary concerns is your child's safety. While some dangers--a hot stove, traffic or an electrical outlet--seem easy to explain, dangers that involve violence may seem more difficult to talk about. You may be afraid that you will frighten your child. You may not know how to explain violence, or where to start. You may also not want to recognize that your child could become a victim of a crime. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Safety Plans

School-Based Victim Services

School crime and violence have reached alarming proportions across the country, causing concerns among victims, their families and educators. The creation of school-based victim service programs is proving to be an effective first step towards assisting victims, as well as developing crime prevention programs. Effective victim assistance programs respond to chronic trauma or the victimization that occurs in everyday life as well as the critical trauma or violent incidents that occur on school grounds and campuses. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Sexual Assault

In 1992, the National Women’s Study estimated that 683,000 adult American women are forcibly raped each year (National Center for Victims of Crime & Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992). According to Bureau of Justice Statistics data, U.S. male and female residents age 12 and older experienced an estimated 307,000 rapes and sexual assaults in 1996 (Ringel, 1997). The difference between the number of rapes in 1992 and the number of rapes and sexual assaults in 1996 reflects standard statistical error and differences in methodology. One significant methodological difference is that the National Women’s Study interviewed individuals by telephone, allowing women greater confidence in their anonymity. The Bureau of Justice Statistics conducted face-to-face interviews, in some cases with entire families present, which could have possibly deterred disclosure. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Special Provisions for Children in the Criminal Justice System

As awareness of the prevalence of crimes against children increases, and legislators become educated as to the needs of child victims in the judicial system, a wide range of special provisions has been adopted to make the child's participation in the system less traumatic. All states and the District of Columbia have adopted one or more of the child victim and witness provisions discussed here. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Violence Involving Youth

Violence committed against and committed by the youth of America is a serious problem. The victimization of youth ranges from child abuse, child sexual abuse, gang violence and youth-on-youth attacks to hate violence, rape and murder. In alarming rates, young people are turning to violence to resolve their problems and to criminal activity as a lifestyle choice. There are many theories about this type of violence. Some theorists suggest that children learn from their environment-- be it the influence of a crime filled neighborhood, an abusive home, or an isolated rural area where support services are minimal. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information
10 Frequently Asked Questions about Child Sexual Abuse
Below are ten of the most frequently asked questions about child sexual abuse. Many of these questions come from the misinformation and stereotypes that we learn about the sexual abuse of children. More...
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Deesha Narichania looks on during the 2011 Celebration of Excellence Presentation and Awards Ceremony
Deesha Narichania looks on during the 2011 Celebration of Excellence Presentation and Awards Ceremony