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How to Report Abuse
What do I do if I think someone is abusing a child?
If a child discloses that he or she has been abused by someone, it is important that you listen to them most of all.

  • Investigate

  • Ask leading questions (a question that suggests the answer or contains the information the questioner is looking for – That man touched you, didn’t he?)

  • Make promises

  • Notify the parents or the caretaker

  • Provide a safe environment (be comforting, welcoming, and a good listener).

  • Tell the child it was not his/her fault

  • Listen carefully

  • Document the child’s exact quotes

  • Be supportive, not judgmental

  • Know your limits

  • Tell the truth and make no promises

  • Ask ONLY four questions
    • What happened?
    • Who did this to you?
    • Where were you when this happened?
    • When did this happen?

  • Asking any additional questions may contaminate a case!

Report it!
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