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Stopping Child Sexual Abuse In Ohio

Every year in Ohio, over 30,000 children are involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect; of these, just 5,000 are related to sexual abuse specifically (source: Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project).  5,000 children suffering sexual abuse is too many, but the reality is that there are far more who are suffering this devastating crime. Only 38% of child victims of sexual abuse tell someone about the abuse. It is a crime that exists in silence, but it is a crime that we can – and must – stop together.

The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence is dedicated to advocating for policies and supportive services that keep children safe, help those who have been victimized to heal, and hold offenders accountable. We approach our work on this issue from the basis of these facts:

  • Children are never to blame for sexual abuse and are not responsible for stopping or preventing it. It’s the responsibility of every adult.
  • The vast majority of child victims of sexual abuse are victimized by someone they know, not a stranger.
  • Children deserve to be believed when they disclose abuse, and they should have access to services that will support their healing and protect them from future harm.
  • There are many adults living in Ohio who were sexually abused as children. They also deserve to be believed and to have access to supportive services.
  • Adults who sexually victimize a child should be held criminally accountable to the fullest extent of the law, both to secure justice for the child who has been harmed, and to protect other children and society at large.

Children are sexually abused in every community in Ohio, and survivors of all ages deserve our advocacy and support. In 2015, OAESV filmed two adult survivors of child sexual abuse, who remind us that while sexual abuse impacts the lives of survivors and families, it can also be overcome if support is available:


Below you will find links to useful information and resources to better understand child sexual abuse and how to stop it. To suggest additional resources, or for more information, please contact Becky Perkins at

Statistics, Factsheets, & Research

OAESV Fact Sheet on Child Sexual Abuse

Darkness to Light: Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey

Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Research Brief

Long-term Consequences of Child Abuse & Neglect

OAESV Sex Trafficking Fact Sheet

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Fact Sheet


Responding to Child Sexual Abuse

Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

Handling a Disclosure of Child Sexual Abuse

State Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Numbers

Rape Crisis Centers in Ohio

Children’s Advocacy Centers in Ohio

Children’s Advocacy Center Model

Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Youth & Children


Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

NSVRC Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Information Packet

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Bulletin

Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect Fact Sheet

Child Sexual Abuse National Resource Directory

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Tools for Organizations

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth Serving Organizations


Underserved Populations

The Risk and Prevention of Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities

Child Maltreatment in Military Families: A Fact Sheet for Providers

Resources for LGBTQ Youth & Child Trauma

OAESV Faith-Based Resources

Safety Planning with Faith-Based Communities


Laws & Policies

Ohio Statutes Regarding Child Abuse & Neglect

OAESV Fact Sheet: Legal Definitions

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect

Child Traumatic Stress: What Every Policymaker Should Know

Ohio House Bill 85 (“Erin’s Law”)

OAESV’s Recommendations Regarding Erin’s Law

OAESV Fact Sheet: Age of Consent/Statutory Rape

OAESV Fact Sheet: Statute of Limitations in Ohio


For Advocates, Prevention Specialists & Allied Professionals

Proven & Promising Programs

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs for Children: Building an Evidence-Informed Approach

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs for Adults

Circle of Safety Curriculum from Stop It Now!

Stewards of Children from Darkness to Light

Trauma Informed Practices

Collaborative Responses to Child Maltreatment


For Parents & Families

Handling Your Child’s Disclosure of Sexual Abuse

After a Crisis: Helping Young Children to Heal

Leaving Your Child Home Alone: Guide for Parents

Child Sex Trafficking in America: A Guide for Parents & Caregivers

OAESV Fact Sheet: Sexual Violence Among Teens

OAESV Fact Sheet: Sexting, Social Media & Online Safety

Supporting a Loved One Who’s Been Victimized


For Educators & Child Care Workers

Ohio School Safety Plans, Policies & Training

Ohio Department of Education Safety & Violence Prevention Curriculum

Child Abuse & Neglect: A Reference for Educators

Ohio Department of Education: Resources for Training & Development

Ohio Child Protective Services Worker Manual

Human Trafficking of Children in the U.S.: A Fact Sheet for Schools


Additional Resources

Additional information and resources are available from these organizations: