By:  LINDSEY O'NEILL, ESQ.

Yesterday Oprah interviewed four child molesters on her television show.  It is shocking how many children are abused each year..... tens of thousands of children are sexually abused each year in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands more are victims of other forms of abuse including emotional, physical and other forms of abuse.  While you can certainly search for information about child abuse on the Internet, it can sometimes be difficult to navigate through the variety of information available.  So I figured I'd put together a list of resources for you... at least to start learning about child abuse:

Child Welfare Information Gateway, part of the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect: Signs and Symptoms

Various Resources on Child Sexual Abuse from Medline Plus, a part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health

Information about the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) from the Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Abuse Victimization and What You Should Know About Child Abuse, from the Office for Victims of Crime Help Series Brochures (2002)

What You Should Know About Child Abuse (for children age 6-11) from the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center

What You Should Know About Child Abuse (for teenagers age 12-16) from the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center

United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division: Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS)

Obscenity, Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Abuse and Related Offenses  - Federal Laws

Child Abuse and Neglect - State Laws (listed alphabetically) - from the Child Welfare Information Gateway

Do Best Practice Interviews with Child Abuse Victims Influence Case Processing? - from the National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2008

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual abuse, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.

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