National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) National clearinghouse for information on missing children and prevention of child victimization. Website offers wealth of child protection information. Offers toll-free phone and web response to report sexual exploitation, abuse, or abduction of children. http://www.ncmec.org
CyberTipline is toll-free line to report information about sexual exploitation of children on the web or other child pornography. 1-800-LOST to report sexually exploited, abused, or missing children. http://www.cybertipline.com
S.E.S.A.M.E. is the leading national voice for the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment of students by teachers and other school staff. Ending the practice of “passing the trash,” a phenomenon where educators investigated for abuse are able to resign and get a new job at a new school, is S.E.S.A.M.E.’s top priority for ending abuse in schools. http://www.sesamenet.org
Mothers of Sexually Abused Children (MOSAC) The MOSAC site is designed specifically for mothers who have experienced the sexual abuse of one of their children. Life is difficult for mothers following the disclosure of a child’s abuse, and they often have few, if any, resources available to them. This site is designed to be a comprehensive source of information about sexual abuse and to offer support and resources. http://www.mosac.net
The Voice Movement VOICE Today is breaking the silence and cycle of child sexual abuse worldwide through Awareness , Prevention, and Healing. Child Sexual Abuse is a silent epidemic. 1 in 4 Girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th birthday, only 1 in 10 will ever tell and 90% of abuse is by someone they know love and trust! There are an estimated 39,000,000 survivors in the US that need a VOICE! http://www.voicetoday.org/movement/
Jeffery Herman, Esq. Jeffrey M. Herman is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer and advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. He devotes 100% of his practice to representing survivors of sexual abuse, and has had the honor of advocating for hundreds of these brave men, women and children. He is the founding partner of Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., a national, Miami-based law firm with decades of combined experience representing people seeking justice and healing from the wounds of abuse. http://www.HermanLaw.com
Reporting Laws: Instructions http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/manda.cfm
The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) Non-profit agency providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services to abused children and their families. Was the nation’s first Children’s Advocacy Center. http://www.nationalcac.org
Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) National volunteer-based organization committed to preventing child abuse through research, education, and advocacy. Resource for comprehensive information and referrals in child abuse prevention. Offers catalog of publications. http://www.preventchildabuse.org
Positive Pocket This website was started by a student that went through KidSafe’s 8 week program and wanted to share with the world how KidSafe helped her find her voice after being bullied.
Step by Step suggestions should your child be a victim of Cyber Bullying
1. – When the parent first learns about an on-line incident they feel puts their child at risk, call the local police and make a report. The local jurisdiction is where the incident took place, that is one of the first questions the police will ask, “was the initial incident in my jurisdiction”. Timely notification of law enforcement is crucial for police to investigate and ultimately prosecute the case. Police in the jurisdiction where the incident took place can investigate, gather information by sending legal subpoena requests, and ultimately identify the offender. With Internet cases, often the suspect is in a different jurisdiction than the victim. The local officer will then have to contact another police agency where the suspect is ultimately identified.
2. – Notify the Internet service where the incident took place, for example Facebook, or in this case Tumblr. All of these Internet providers have a means to file complaints, and most take complaints about inappropriate activity directed toward children seriously.
3. – Notify the ICAC agency in your area. ICAC offices have investigators who specialize in high-tec investigations. At times these cases are complex and require a high level of training and technical knowledge to investigate. Here is a link to all the ICAC contacts in the U.S. https://www.thecjportal.org/ICAC/Pages/TaskForceContactInfo.aspx
4. – Each state in the U.S. that has attempted to keep their laws current with today’s technology have information on-line, sometime through the Attorney Generals Office, or other state agencies. Often it takes a “Google” search with a key phrase like “Cyber Bullying” for the state in question, to find the appropriate agency.
5. – The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) www.missingkids.com has information that is very useful to parents and kids. Here are other links at NCMEC that may be useful:
Many times there is a long process involved to reach a successful resolution for these cases. Tell the people who contact you that keeping a running log: “who, what, when, where,why”. Many times a parent will have to explain the case to different police officers and it is much easier when they have kept a running log of events, similar to a diary.