You have the option of giving your name or reporting anonymously. Giving your name can help the investigator clarify information. The agency will not give your name to the person suspected of abusing the child.
Behaviors to avoid when a child reports possible abuse:
- Do not react with panic or other strong emotions; the child may view negative reactions as a reflection on him/herself rather than the perpetrator or situation
- Do not try to conduct your own investigation or try to validate the child’s report
- Do not ask detail-seeking questions
- Do not use interview tools such as dolls or diagrams to learn more
- Do not ask the child to repeat his or her statement for others
- Do not share the information with those who don’t need to know
- Do not confront or challenge the child
- Do not try to reframe what the child has told you
- Do not lie or make promises about what will happen next
Our Mission is TO HEAL THE PAIN OF CHILD ABUSE.