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One person's stance against child abuse and child sexual abuse has a ripple effect. Other lives are touched and changed as a result. Each of us can contribute to creating safe environments for all children in our communities. If one person can accomplish so much, imagine what is possible when members of a community work together to protect children. The potential is tremendous!

Simple Steps You Can Take

  • Educate yourself about child abuse prevention.
  • Report any suspicions of child abuse.
  • Listen to children.
  • Know that abuse is never a victim's fault.
  • Believe in your own power to make a difference.

What Can Parents Do?

  • Teach children about healthy and safe relationships. Know the warning signs of potential abuse.
  • Know about your children's lives. Who do they spend time with? Where do they spend their time? Look out for older individuals who seem to be befriending your child.
  • Make sure that personnel at your child's school or other adults in their lives are trained in sexual abuse prevention.
  • Make sure your child knows what to do in the event of an assault.
  • There is a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in every county of New Hampshire, each providing coordinated support services to child victims of crime and their families. For more information about the advocacy centers, visit the Granite State Children’s Alliance website at http://cac-nh.org.
  • To learn more about child safety visit these websites: NH Children's Trust and Prevent Child Abuse America.

To report child abuse in New Hampshire, contact NH Division for Children, Youth and Families at 1-800-894-5533.

Articles and Resources for Parents

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The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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