Parenting Resources

Books for Parents

The Authority on Child Safety: How to talk to your kids about their personal safety without scaring them by Gary Martin Hays and Adam Weart

Body Safety Education: A parents’ guide to protecting kids from sexual abuse by Jayneen Sanders

Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings by Kenneth R. Ginsburg

But how’d I get in there in the first place? Talking to your young child about sex by Deborah M. Roffman

The Boogeyman Exists; And He’s In Your Child’s Back Pocket: Internet Safety Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe Online, Smartphone Safety, Social Media Safety, and Gaming Safety by Jesse Weinberger

The Bully Vaccine: How to Inoculate Yourself Against Bullies and Other Petty People by Jennifer Hancock

The Circle of Safety: Giving Children a Safe Place to Share Their Secrets by Sharon Sanchez

Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs by Jolene Philo

From diapers to dating: A parent’s guide to raising sexually healthy children– from infancy to middle school by Debra W. Haffner

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

Internet Safety for Children – A Parent’s Practical Guide to Keeping their Children Safe Online by Mark Peesel

The new speaking of sex: What your children need to know and when they need to know it by Kelowna Canada

Off Limits: A Parent’s Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse by Sandy K. Wurtele and Feather Berkower

Parenting with PTSD: the impact of childhood abuse on parenting by Joyelle Brandt and Dawn Daum

Protect Your Kids! The Simple Keys to Children’s Safety and Survival by Steve Kovacs

Protecting the Gift by Gavin de Becker

Sex and sensibility: The thinking parent’s guide to talking sense about sex by Deborah M. Roffman

The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids About Sex, Abuse, and Bullying by Janet Rosenzweig

Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about their Bodies, Boundaries, and Sexuality: A Guide for Parents and Professionals by Terri Couwenhoven

Trauma-Proofing Your Kids by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline

Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline

The Well-Armored Child: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing Sexual Abuse by Joelle Casteix

The Well-Armored Teen: Easy Tools Protect Your Teen and Tween From Sexual Abuse, Bullying, and Exploitation by Joelle Casteix

Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families by Jayne Schooler

Books for Parents When Your Child Has Been Victimized

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Does My Child Have PTSD? What to Do When Your Child Is Hurting from the Inside Out by Jolene Philo, Francie Wyck, et al.

The Everything Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Bullies: From playground teasing to cyberbullying, all you need to ensure your child’s safety and happiness by Deborah Carpenter

Healing Days: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Trauma by Susan Farber Straus

Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse by Mike Lew

What Parents Need to Know About Sibling Abuse: Breaking the Cycle of Violence by Vernon R. Wiehe

Books for Kids

A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret. M. Holmes

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud and David Messing Some Secrets Should Not Be Kept

It’s Not the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley

Kidpower Safety Comics: An Introduction to “People Safety” for Younger Children Ages 3-10 and Their Adults by Irene van der Zande and Kidpower International

Let’s Talk about Body Boundaries, Consent & Respect by Jayneen Sanders.

My Body is Special and Private by Adrianne Simeone and Bobby Davison

Some Secrets Should Never be Kept by Jayneen Sanders.

The care & keeping of you: The body book for girls by Valorie Schaefer

What’s Happening in Court: An Activity Book for Children Who Are Going to Court in Wisconsin

Where did I come from? For ages 4–8 by Peter Mayle

Advocacy Organizations

ChildHelp.org. If you know or suspect that a child is being or has been sexually abused, please call the Childhelp® National Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453)

Child Welfare Information Gateway (800) 394-3366
Male Survivor

Prevent Child Abuse America (312) 663-3520

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Sexuality Resource Center for Parents

Stop It Now

The Mama Bear Effect

Websites & Online Articles

18 Social Media Apps & Sites Kids Are Using Right Now

Australian Childhood Foundation

Bravehearts (AU)

Canadian National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-363-9010

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Centers Against Sexual Assault (AU)

Child Trauma Academy

Child Wise (AU)

Cyber Tip Line and 800-843-5678. Accepts leads regarding Internet criminal activity which are forwarded to law enforcement for review. Operated by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and FBI and other state and local law enforcement agencies.

Darkness to Light. This website provides a great amount of info on child safety statistics and topics. One of the most informative sites I’ve found.

Different Dream Parenting. (Type “PTSD” in the search box)

Family Education

How to Run a Background Check on a Babysitter

Information about Title IX

Kidpower prepares people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life with training, resources, and skills to prevent and stop bullying, abuse, kidnapping, prejudice, and sexual assault.

The Mama Bear Affect has great articles on a variety of topics related to child sexual abuse.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. This national child abuse prevention and advocacy organization provides resources and publications that equip parents and guardians to take informed protective steps against child sexual exploitation.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

National Children’s Alliance

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (UK)

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-3737-888 (Text “Be Free” 233733)

National Youth Talk Line: 800-246-7743

The Ophelia Project, including CASS (Creating a Safe School) anti-bullying program.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. For a seriously comprehensive list of resources, visit www.rainn.org/national-resources-sexual-assault-survivors-and-their-loved-ones.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States’ (SIECUS) Families Are Talking www.familiesaretalking.org and www.lafamiliahabla.org

Should You Give Your Kid a Phone?

Stop Cyber Bullying. Valuable info for parents, youth, schools, and law enforcement on how to take action to prevent or intervene in cyberbullying.

Stop It Now. This site contains tons of great information for parents, including this article on discussing sex and sexuality with children with disabilities.

Stop It Now tip sheet on how to talk to your child about sexual abuse.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. The nation’s largest support group network for men and women sexually abused in religious and institutional settings.

Title IX – Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education

U.S. Child Welfare Information Gateway to view mandatory reporting laws in your state.

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights

Victim Rights Law Center

Resources for Children with Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Autism Society: Puberty and Children on the Autism Spectrum 

Autism Speaks’ Safety Project

Bullying and Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs Tip Sheet – PDF

Communities Against Violence Network, which advocates for crime victims with disabilities.

Darkness to Light  offers a 24 hour hotline for survivors of child sexual abuse at 866-FOR-LIGHT. They also offer educational and crisis resources and information about legislation that helps victims.

Deaf Abused Women’s Network for legal, medical, system advocacy, and survivor support services. 855-812-1001 (Video Phone)

Disability.gov. Federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide,

Hands and Voices for Deaf Children 

National Disability Rights Network can investigate reports of abuse and neglect toward people with disabilities and offer resources and support to them.

National Organization on Disability offers resources and information for people with disabilities

Parent to Parent USA matches parents with a buddy parent who has a child with the same disability.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can access help via video phone by calling 855-812-1001 during business normal business hours (Pacific Standard Time).

University of Washington’s National Resources for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities 

U.S. Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights: 800-421-3481

U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs

U.S. Dept. of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website where you can look up sex offenders in every US state and territory.

The National Center for Victims of Crime. Advocates for stronger rights and services for crime victims; provides education, training and evaluation; and serves as a trusted source of current information on victims’ issues.

Survivor Resources

Below is a list of great resources that can help you learn more about sexual assault and what to do if you’re victimized, as well as support services that are available to you. This is not a comprehensive list; there are literally thousands of support networks that operate at the local, campus, state, and national levels. A simple Internet search will help you find services in your local area.

The two best resources to check out first are the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (www.nsvrc.org) and RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org). Both contain links to other organizations that can support you. RAINN also has a toll-free number [800-656-HOPE (4673)] and access to an online chat hotline at https://hotline.rainn.org/online/.

American Association of University Women (www.aauw.org)

Bureau of Justice Statistics (www.bjs.gov)

Crisis resources by state (www.rainn.org)

Definitions of rape and rape terms (www.rainn.org/articles/legal-role-consent)

End Rape on Campus (www.endrapeoncampus.org)

Faculty Against Rape (www.facultyagainstrape.net)

Greeks Against Sexual Assault (www.gasanow.celect.org/coalition)

It Gets Better Project (www.itgetsbetter.org)

Know Your IX (www.knowyourix.org)

Lambda (www.lambdalegal.org)

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (www.endsexualviolence.org)

National LGBTQ Taskforce – Be You (www.thetaskforce.org)

National Organization of Women (www.now.org)

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (www.nsvrc.org)

National Student Coalition Against Rape (www.studentcoalitionagainstrape.org)

National Women’s Law Center (www.nwlc.org)

NoMore.org (www.nomore.org)

Not Alone (www.notalone.gov)

Not on Our Grounds (UVA) (http://notonourgrounds.virginia.edu/)

One in Four (www.oneinfourusa.org)

Planned Parenthood (www.plannedparenthood.org)

Rainbow Youth Hotline [877/LGBT-YTH (542-8984)]

Raliance Program – National Sexual Violence Resource Center (www.nsvrc.org)

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org)

Students Active for Ending Rape (www.safercampus.org)

Summary of DOJ Statute of Limitations by State (www.studentcoalitionagainstrape.org/rape-laws-by-state.html)

Surv Justice – Attorney Advocacy Firm (www.survjustice.org)

Survivor Project (www.survivorproject.org)

Title IX – Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education

(www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix_dis.html)

U.S. Department of Justice (www.usdoj.gov)

Ultra Violet (www.weareultraviolet.org)

Victim Rights Law Center (www.victimrights.org)