If you are in danger or need help
If you are in immediate danger call 911 and provide as much detail about yourself, your location and how you are in danger.
If someone is abusing you, or has abused you in the past:
You are not alone. You have not done anything wrong and you are not in trouble. If you have a safe trusted adult to talk to, ask them to call for help with you. If you do not, call Children’s Cove, the Department of Children and Families, or your local police department. Their numbers are provided for you on this page.
If you are a parent or caregiver and have discovered someone you care about has been abused:
The most important first step is to stay calm. The child has undergone a potentially traumatic experience and could be more frightened by your response than the abuse itself. Be sure to thank the child for being honest and courageous enough to tell someone, then call Children’s Cove, the Department of Children and Families, or your local police department. Their numbers are provided for you on this page.
If you, or your child, has experienced online sexual exploitation or sextortion
Remain calm, and don’t take quick action such as deleting images or messages; these may be important to effectively report and get help. Identify how, when and where this happened, where the images are now and who may have them (do not view them), and what app/platform (messenger, Snapchat, Kik, etc.) it was on? Contact your local police department, the NCMEC CyberTipline, or Children’s Cove whose information is on this page.