Child sexual abuse is sexual contact between a child and adult or older child for the sexual gratification of the offender.
Signs that a child is being sexually abused are often present, but they are often indistinguishable from other signs of childhood stress, distress or trauma.
There are 10 primary reasons why children endure abuse in silence.
Those who molest children look and act just like everyone else. Abusers can be neighbors, friends, and family members.
Before children are sexually abused, they are often groomed by abusers.
The single most important factor affecting your child's recovery is the level of support from the parents or caregivers.
Child Safe serves 11 counties which include: Benton, Carroll, Chariton, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Linn, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis and Saline.
Children are referred to Child Safe by law enforcement or Children's Division (child protective services) after a report of abuse.
After a referral, you can expect a friendly greeting from our multi-disciplinary team, forensic interviews, advocacy and therapy.
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