GET HELP // RESPONDING TO DISCLOSURE

Responding to Disclosure

If a child tells you that something has happened to them, tell the child you believe them and that you are going to contact people who can help. Believe the child if she/he reports sexual abuse. It is rare for a child to lie about sexual abuse.

 

Respect the privacy of the child. Don't display horror, shock, or disapproval of parents, the children, or situation. Don't place blame or make judgments about the parent or child.

Remember, you need only suspect abuse to make a report.

What to do if you suspect a child is being abused

If you suspect or know that a child (someone 18 or younger) is being abused, call:

IN OREGON
1-800-855-SAFE (7233)

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IN WASHINGTON
1-855-420-5888

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If a child is in immediate danger, call 911 for immediate assistance.