When a child discloses
When a child tells someone that they are being abused it can be scary to think about what comes next. Feeling scared or unsure is normal and okay. Here are some steps you can take to help:
Do not question the child. Investigators are trained to ask the right questions to get
the right information.
Listen to the child and keep calm. Tell them that it is not their fault.
Write down what the child says and what you see or notice.
Be honest and don’t make promises you may not be able to keep (“The offender will
go to jail” or “You will never have to see them again.”).
Do not confront the suspected offender.
Report it! Call the DHHS Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-452-1999. Call the police in the
town/place where the abuse happened.
We are here to help. Remember - a child can only been seen at the Children's Advocacy Center when someone from Child Protective Services or law enforcement refers them here. Our advocates can answer your questions whether or not you are part of case at our CAC. For more information about sexual assault support services, click here.