Don’t underestimate the value of a good support group. And remember, a good group isn’t there to fix you. They are there to hear you and to be seen and heard themselves. Just knowing that you are not alone, and there are others with stories like yours, can be incredibly helpful in processing your experiences.
Find a local support group where you can meet other survivors face to face (search the NAASCA directory), or join an online group for a virtual support experience. Each offers a different experience.
Recommended Online Support Groups
Child Sexual Abuse Survivors THRIVE
A private Facebook group for adult survivors of CSA focused on empowered living. This group is peer led and has many established CSA prevention and healing experts in its member base. If you’re looking for a safe room with a lot of wisdom and healing, this is a great place to be.
Parents of Sexually Abused Victims
A private Facebook group for parents, grandparents and guardians of sexually abused children. This peer led group is an excellent support resource with lots of experience among its members, from getting support as a caregiver to getting support for a child, personal legal experience with the courts and child protective services, and dealing with trauma within the family–including the effects of CSA on other siblings.
National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
NAASCA provides a variety of services for survivors including a managed directory of support groups for survivors of all ages and their families, including specialty groups for specific demographics.
For Kids and Teens (get help or report suspected abuse)
If you are a child or a teenager and you are being abused, call
1-800-422-4453 or click here for help.
*Parents, friends, or caregivers can also use this hotline if you suspect a child is being abused.
National Runaway Safeline
If you are a runaway and need someone to talk to,
call 1-800-RUNAWAY or text 66008.
Crisis Text Line
Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message. In the USA, text NAMI to 741-741.
*Support also available in the UK (85258) and Ireland (086 1800 280).
Navigating a Mental Health Crisis (Downloadable Guide)
This guide for navigating a mental health emergency provides important, potentially life-saving information for people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones. This guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis, available resources and so much more.
The United Way can connect you with resources for a variety of needs, including: shelter, healthcare, abuse, addiction, mental health and other services. Call 2-1-1 from any cell phone or landline or click here for help. All calls are private and confidential.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
If you are affected by abuse and needing support, we are here for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org and click CHAT NOW or text LOVEIS to 22522.
RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline
Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.