Additional Sexual Abuse Resources

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and our partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of sexual abuse, as well as reports of physical abuse of children under age 3.

We provide free resources on preventing, recognizing, responding to and reporting abuse, and we offer free and low-cost trainings to caregivers, professionals, community groups and more.

ChicagoCAC’s Print Materials

Sexual Abuse Prevention

Preventing sexual abuse begins with caring adults taking responsibility for children. Learn more about preventing sexual abuse, or schedule a training for your workplace or community site

 

For Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse

 

Child Abuse and Neglect Response

Children most often disclose abuse through behaviors, not words. Learn more about signs that a child may be abused, or schedule a training for your workplace or community site

 

For Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault

  • Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080
  • Rape Victim Advocates: 312-443-9603

 

Youth and Adults with Sexual Behavior Problems

  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers: ATSA.com/request-referral
  • National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth: NCSBY.org
  • Center for Contextual Change: 847-676-4447 x304
  • Advocate Child Trauma Treatment Program: 1-800-216-1110

 

Help and Hotlines

  • Illinois Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-877-863-6338, TTY: 1-877-863-6339
  • NAMI of Greater Chicago’s Mental Health Helpline: 312-563-0445
  • Community Counseling Centers of Chicago’s crisis line: 773-769-0205
  • Crisis and Referral Entry Service (CARES) line: 1-800-345-9049
  • National CyberTipline: 1-800-843-5678 or MissingKids.com/CyberTipline
  • National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

 

Books for Children about Prevention

  • Some Parts are Not for Sharing – Julie K. Federico (ages 6 months+)
  • Your Body Belongs to You – Cornelia Spelman (ages 3-6)
  • It’s MY Body – Lory Freeman (ages 3-8)
  • Loving Touches – Lory Freeman (ages 3-8)
  • The Right Touch – Sandy Kleven (ages 3-8)
  • The Trouble with Secrets – Karen Johnsen (ages 3-8)
  • My Body Belongs to Me – Jill Starishevsky (ages 3-8)
  • A Secret Safe to Tell – Naomi Hunter (ages 3-8)
  • Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3-8)
  • I Said No: A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private  – Kimberly King (ages 3-8)
  • Body Safety – Jayneen Sanders (ages 3-12)
  • My Body is Private – Linda Walvoord Girard (ages 6-11)
  • The Swimsuit Lesson – Jon Holsten (ages 6-11)
  • Fred the Fox Shouts “No!” – Tatiana Y. Kisil Matthews (ages 3-8)

 

Books about Sexual Development and Safety

  • The Sex-wise Parent – Janet Rosenzweig
  • Birds + Bees + Your Kids – Amy Lang
  • Off Limits: A parent’s guide to keeping kids safe from sexual abuse – S. Wuertele & F. Berkower
  • Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about Their Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality –
    T. Couwenhoven
  • Understanding Your Child’s Sexual Behavior – Toni Cavanaugh Johnson
  • Childhood Sexuality: A guide for parents –  Gail Ryan and Joanne Blum
  • From Diapers to Dating: A parent’s guide to raising sexually healthy children –  D. Haffner
  • What’s the Big Secret? Talking about sex with boys and girls – Laurie Brown
  • Changing Bodies, Changing Lives – Ruth Bell
  • It’s Perfectly Normal – Robbie Harris
  • It’s So Amazing – Robbie Harris

 

Books for Children on Healing and Recovery

  • Something Happened and I’m Scared to Tell – Patricia Kehoe, Ph.D. (ages 3-7)
  • Something Is Wrong at My House – Diane Davis (ages 3-12)
  • I Can’t Talk About It – Doris Sanford (ages 4-8)
  • A Very Touching Book for Little People and for Big People – J. Hindman & T. Novak (ages 6-12)
  • Sarah’s Waterfall: A healing story about sexual abuse – Ellery Akers (ages 7-12)

 

If you have questions or would like more information, contact us at Info@ChicagoCAC.org.