You are not alone. It can be extremely difficult for adult survivors of child sexual abuse to come forward and share their story. You may feel ashamed, concerned that you won’t be believed, or worried you’ll be blamed. Every experience is unique to that person. It’s your story to tell — if you choose to.
Millions of adult survivors are carrying shame that doesn’t belong to them. Resources are available to reduce suffering and help you learn what steps you can take to recover, heal and feel safe enough to share.
You are resilient. You are supported. You are a survivor.
If you are currently in a crisis call 911. If you need to talk with someone, call 1-800-273-8255 or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Whatever problems you’re dealing with, sometimes you need someone to lean on for support. To find a certified counselor in your area, visit the National Board for Certified Counselors or Psychology Today.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline is a safe, confidential service that connects you with a trained staff member. When you call the hotline, only the first six numbers of the phone number are used to route the call, and your complete phone number is never stored in their system. Call them at at 1-800-656-4673.
The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline offers a one-on-one, online chat service with a trained support specialist, anytime 24/7. This private chat service is completely anonymous and confidential.
The decision to report to law enforcement is entirely yours. Justice means different things to different people.
Laws about reporting and services also differ by state, so it can be difficult to know what options you have. Learning more about what to expect can take away some of the unknowns and help you feel more prepared to make the right decision for you. The National Sexual Assault Hotline provides resources both online and by phone at 1-800-656-4673.