HOW TO HELP
if a child comes to you seeking help...
LISTEN AND BE COMFORTING
Take a deep breath to yourself, and say to the child "Thank you for telling me this. This makes me worried and I want to make sure I get help so that does not happen anymore. You are really brave to tell me about this."
Your response may be to think and say "this can't be" or quiz the child on the details ...that is not correct. The response you need to focus on is protection and support.
GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS
If the child is in danger, you must make sure the child is removed from that danger. Call 911.
Ultimately, you are going to need to connect to law enforcement and possibly social services - but it can be helpful to get advice from Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) that can help direct you to the right phone number to call. The CAC can help walk you through the process. Click here to find a Center close to you.
You could also seek assistance from ChildHelp at (1-800) 422-4453