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Help Kids Smile Again with Jon Vezner

Child sexual abuse is far too common. By 17, more than a quarter of all girls have experienced sexual abuse or other sexual violence. One-in-20 boys experience child sexual abuse, too—it's an experience that was all too real for Grammy-winning songwriter Jon Vezner, a survivor of child sexual abuse.
Jon has shared a very personal new song, "The Man Who Stole My Smile." But Jon's heartbreaking story doesn't simply end with trauma. He's sharing his story in song to encourage survivors and their allies, of any age, to stand up for children today and to get them the healing they deserve. If a family member, a friend, a loved one, an acquaintance—or even you—are experiencing sexual abuse, here are four steps you can take right now. You have the power to HELP KIDS SMILE AGAIN.

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.

 


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.

 


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.

 


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.