Sometimes life can be overwhelming, fortunately, there are resources available to help make it easier. Supporting families is how we can help kids reach their full potential and build a better future for everyone. If you are feeling in over your head please get help. Call someone or reach out to one of the providers listed below. We are all stronger, together.
Books for Children:
My Body Belongs to Me
NO Trespassing - This Is MY Body
Some Parts are not for Sharing
I Said No! A Kid-to-Kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private
By: Kimberly King
No Means No!
By: Jayneen Sanders
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept
By: Jayneen Sanders
By: Lauren Book
Books for Adults:
Off Limits: A Parent's Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse
By: Sandy K. Wurtele
Body Safety Education: A parents' guide to protecting kids from sexual abuse
Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane)
By: Gavin de Becker
Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders
By: Anna Salter
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
It's OK to Tell: A Story of Hope and Recovery
By: Lauren Book
Contains programs designed for adults to raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse. The 7 Steps to Protecting Our Children covers preventing, recognizing and reacting responsibly.
Use the FBI's sex offender registry to find out if registered sex offenders are in your neighborhood.
Stop It Now! offers adults tools they can use to prevent sexual abuse, stressing that all adults must accept the responsibility to recognize, acknowledge and confront the behaviors that lead to the sexual abuse of children. The national helpline number is available to adults and adolescents who have sexually abused or feel the urge to sexually abuse a child.
A site packed full of resources that are easy to understand. The research and publications page has a model for school counselor consultations. Other pages include diagnosis and treatment information, web and reading resources, news and a prevention plan.
The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) is a national organization whose mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. APSAC tries to fulfill this mission in a number of ways, most notably through providing education and other sources of information to professionals who work in the child maltreatment and related fields.
The mission of the NCAC is to model, promote, and deliver excellence in child abuse response and protection through services, education, and leadership.
One with Courage is a national initiative centered around the courage it takes to talk about child sexual abuse and the unique role children's advocacy centers play in providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to child victims of abuse.
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
Internet Safety Link
Parents can find useful internet safety guides grouped by children's ages. The information is easy to understand and covers the types of risks children may encounter as well as different internet technologies. The site has links to recommended internet safety tools for families as well as websites for kids.
This site provides general online safety tips, including some that apply to kids. It also provides safety tips on lots of other topics, too.
This comprehensive website has information for parents, educators, law enforcement, teens, and kids. The site is vibrant and interactive with easy to read educational pages, real stories, and videos. It's available in Spanish too.
A resource for parents, kids, and teens on how to navigate the internet safely. The site even includes a family contract for online safety complete with a Kids' Pledge and Parents' Pledge.
The American Library Association has compiled a directory of a website just for kids that are grouped into categories. Brief descriptions of the websites are below the links.
Report Child Abuse
If you suspect child abuse, call the Missouri Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-392-3738
If you are calling from out-of-state: 573-751-3448