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The Impact of Sexual Abuse*


  • 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 13 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.
  • 90% of offenders are known by their victim or their victim’s family.
  • Each year, 1 in 7 nursing home residents and thousands of adults with disabilities are abused.
  • There are more than 60 million survivors of child sexual abuse in America; 80% never reported their abuse.


  • 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
  • 10 times more likely to attempt suicide.
  • 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
  • 26 times more likely to abuse drugs.

Protecting our young people from becoming part of these devastating statistics begins with educating ourselves. The valuable resources linked below are great places to start.

Child Abuse Reporting Hotline from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (reports may be made anonymously – 1-855-642-4453 (1-855-O-H-CHILD)

Need Someone to Talk With? Visit or call or text 800-422-4453 (1-800-4-A-CHILD). This anonymous 24/7 hotline is a safe, nonjudgmental, and inclusive space for those concerned about or affected by child abuse. This is NOT a reporting line.

Resources for Parents and Caregivers



Darkness to Light


Age-based ratings and review of movies, TV, books, games, podcasts, and apps - Common Sense Media

Resources about Bullying: Committee for Children

Online Safety age-appropriate resources from Common Sense

Online Safety for Youthmultiple resources from the US Department of Justice

Online Teen NetSmartz Resourcesmaterials for middle-school/high school youth and the adults who care for them from



Videos and materials written for youth of varying ages from :

Youth Protection

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YMCA of Greater Cleveland Youth Protection Policies

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Report Abuse at the Y