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How To Report Sexual Abuse

* I generally write using the pronouns he/him when referring to narcissists, but females are just as likely to be narcissists or exhibit narcissistic traits. So please don't think just because article uses the word him or he that it could not be a woman in that same role.

Whatever age you are and the time at which the abuse has occurred, it can be a very destructive form of abuse that takes many forms, which can lead to mental health problems associated with the trauma. In this article you will learn how to report sexual abuse.

How To Report Sexual Abuse

You want to live your life without ever being put in a position where you feel vulnerable or scared for your position or life, as you shouldn’t feel as if you are the reason why any form of abuse has happened to you.

You might not be in the position to report it now, but there might be a time when you feel strong enough to do so, and you should be met with dignity and respect.

In this article, we’ll provide you with ways to report your abuse to the proper authorities in a way that is comfortable for you, so the amount of trauma suffered can be as minute as possible.

We’ll also provide services that can help you in your recovery and can help you to live the best life possible that you deserve.

How To Report Sexual Abuse

There are a few ways you can report any type of sexual abuse you have experienced, and these can be pursued in a way that means you keep your anonymity and are comfortable to an extent in what details you provide.

Some people might decide not to report their abuse because the abuse done upon them was prolonged to the extent that discussing the details might be too traumatic for them and can make any mental health problems even worse.

Below are some ways you can report the abuse in ways that you might be more comfortable with, so you can begin the process of seeing justice be done to the perpetrator.

Report It To Local Law Enforcement

One of the more direct ways to report this type of abuse you can either contact your local police department by phone or in person and in some cases, you might be able to make a report anonymously with something like an online form.

This can be a very effective way of reporting as sexual assault response teams can work with medical professionals, law enforcement, and sexual assault service providers in your area in order to organize an investigation.

As they collaborate with these services, they can have an effective investigation, minimize repetitive questioning, and make an arrest and prosecution easier.

Visit A Medical Center

Suppose you have injuries as a result of your abuse. In that case, you should seek medical treatment, and you can inform your medical professional that you’d like to report these injuries as part of a crime, and you can choose to have a sexual assault forensic exam.

These professionals have been trained to deal with instances such as this and can be discreet while giving you the dignity and respect that you deserve, and the evidence obtained can lead to an effective investigation.

You may not have any visible injuries, but having some sort of examination is vital in picking up any DNA evidence that cannot be seen, but only if you are comfortable with an exam should you proceed.

Contact A Sexual Abuse Hotline

This is an effective way to get tailored help for you so that you can connect with an advisor who can walk you through the steps you can take to get help and report the crime, and this can all be done at your own pace.

These advisors can also put you in contact with an officer who is trained to interact with and assist abuse survivors. In some cases, they will send someone from a local sexual assault service provider to accompany you through the process.

These people can answer any questions that you may have about any part of the process that you don’t understand and help you on your way to recovery.

How To Report Sexual Abuse

Benefits Of Reporting Sexual Abuse

One benefit of reporting such a crime is to prevent other people from becoming a victim of the perpetrator, but this can be made more difficult if you know the perpetrator, but you have to remember that their actions are a crime that should be punished.

Another benefit is that you might be a victim of ongoing abuse, so reporting it can help break this cycle and assist you and other potential victims recover in the long term.

It can also help in cases where long-term physical and mental injuries have occurred and where the victim may receive financial compensation, which might not be helpful but can help cover legal and medical costs.

Can I Report Sexual Abuse On Behalf Of Someone?

You can, and it can help the victim not have to suffer any unnecessary trauma, but some legal advisors or attorneys may wish to speak with the victim to get more information about the crime committed, so consider this when reporting on behalf of someone.

You should also be aware that attorneys may not help you if the victim chooses not to pursue their case, so your insistence will be ignored.

Suppose you’re reporting the crime on behalf of a child. In that case, you have to have reasonable suspicion that the abuse is happening, and providing as much information as you can will go a long way to help progress the investigation.


If you are a victim or suspect someone has been a victim of sexual abuse, you should prioritize seeking help to make your recovery easier, and this can apply regardless of the amount of time that has passed since the abuse has taken place.

You should beware that some instances can lead to injuries and should be reported if you believe your or someone’s life is at risk.

Emergency Numbers

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest organization fighting sexual violence: (800) 656-HOPE / (800) 810-7440 (TTY)

988 Mental Health Emergency Hotline: Calling 988 will connect you to a crisis counselor regardless of where you are in the United States.

911 Emergency

The National Runaway Safeline: 800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)

Self Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E)

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Trauma & Child Abuse Resource Center

Domestic Violence Shelters & Resources

Futures Without Violence

National Center for Victims of Crime

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Prevent Child Abuse America

Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine: 1-800-950-NAMI, or text “HELPLINE” to 62640. Both services are available between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.orgOr, just dial 988

Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support: www.suicide.org

Crisis Text Line: Text REASON to 741741 (free, confidential and 24/7). In English and Spanish

Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)

Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228

American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency: 1-800-622-2255

LGBTQ Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262)

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available 24/7/365. (Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning—LGBTQ—young people under 25.)

The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline connects LGBT older people and caretakers with friendly responders. 1-877-360-LGBT (5428)

The Trans Lifeline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people:
1-877-565-8860 (United States)
1-877-330-6366 (Canada)

Veterans Crisis Line: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net

International Suicide Prevention Directory: findahelpline.com

The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a confidential and anonymous culturally appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. Call 1-844-762-8483.

‘Find a Therapist’ Online Directories


UK & Republic of Ireland

  • Emergency: 112 or 999
  • Hotline: +44 (0) 8457 90 90 90 (UK – local rate)
  • Hotline: +44 (0) 8457 90 91 92 (UK minicom)
  • Hotline: 1850 60 90 90 (ROI – local rate)
  • Hotline: 1850 60 90 91 (ROI minicom)
  • YourLifeCounts.org: https://yourlifecounts.org/find-help/

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