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Sexual abuse and assault are far too common. By 17, more than a quarter of all American girls (and one-in-20 boys) have experienced the trauma of child sexual abuse or sexual assault. It leaves deep scars, but for the thousands living through it every year, it also makes victims feel powerless. But you have more power than you know.

The story doesn’t end in victimhood. You have the strength to get the power back and become a survivor—a whole, healed, empowered version of yourself. Or, if you know a family member, a friend, a loved one, or even an acquaintance who may be experiencing sexual abuse or assault, you may be the key to help them get the power back. Watch this video message from Madelaine Petsch of the CW’s “Riverdale”, then see four steps you can take right now.


#1 If you’re under 18, find your CAC. Each year, our 822 Children’s Advocacy Centers—CACs—provide healing, justice, and safety for more than 324,000 young people who are experiencing abuse or assault. We make it safe and provide a clear process to stop the abuse, hold abusers accountable before the law, and get the services you need to get your life back.  Find your local CAC or contact a state chapter for help now. If your area is not served by a CAC, we’re working on it, but call your local law enforcement agency now to report the abuse.  [CLICK TO FIND YOUR CAC]#2 If you’re over 18, get help from RAINN.  While CACs serve victims under 18, there are plenty of resources to help adult victims out there. To get help stopping sexual assault or recovering from the trauma it causes, visit our partners at RAINN or call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) for help right now.  [CLICK TO GET HELP]#3 Help a friend.  If you know or just suspect someone in your life is the victim of abuse, sexual assault, or violence, you have a responsibility to step up and help them. Whether that person is a family member, a friend, an acquaintance, or someone you don’t even like, you have the chance to do the greatest thing anyone can ever do: the right thing. Real allies act. Learn how to help someone who’s experiencing sexual or dating violence and be a real ally.  [CLICK TO LEARN HOW TO HELP A FRIEND]#4 Support victims. Support the movement. To provide services for the hundreds of thousands of young people we serve each year, our movement needs support from thousands just like you. While the first thing you should do is seek help to end the violence, your support helps victims across the country become survivors.  [CLICK TO HELP VICTIMS BECOME SURVIVORS]