“I was sexually abused by my older brother from age 6 to 13. I still love him as a brother. Is that sick?” – 15-year-old
When we think of child abuse, we may think of someone physically harming a small child. But about one-third of the victims of child abuse are teens. And child abuse includes neglect and emotional abuse, as well as physical and sexual abuse.
Some studies have shown that one in every three girls and one in every six boys become victims of sexual abuse by the age of 18. The abuser usually threatens or blames the victim, so that the victim will keep the abuse a secret. Abusers are usually someone the child knows—a family member or a well-known adult the victim trusts — and they are likely to repeat the abuse. As they do, the violence grows worse.
HERE ARE SOME SIGNS OF PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE:
WHAT ARE EMOTIONAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT?
Emotional Abuse – occurs when the adult(s) in charge frequently or even constantly use screaming, threatening, blaming, sarcasm, putting down as ways to control.
An adult who is always depressed, negative, picking fights with the other members of the household can also be a source of emotional abuse.
Emotional Neglect – occurs when parents ignore children. It may happen because the parents are using drugs or alcohol, or because they have their own problems, but it can have serious effects on children and teens.
Physical Neglect is also a form of child abuse. It occurs when a parent or caretaker fails to provide a child or teen with adequate food, shelter, clothing, protection, supervision and/or medical care.
If you suspect a child or teen you know is being abused, or if you are being abused yourself, call for help. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. Keeping the abuse a secret does not help you or anyone else; keeping the secret only causes the cycle of pain and shame to go on and on.
NOTE: Legally, you have certain rights. Among these are the right always to be safe, to have a safe place to live, medical care, food and clean clothing. See Legal Assistance. Also see the Counseling section for additional referral information.
24-hour Crisis Hotline. Counseling services offered to children and teens who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Rape Prevention and Domestic Violence Education is offered to high schools and other community organizations.
1102 Crenshaw Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Extensive services, counseling and treatment provided where child abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or domestic violence has occurred or there is risk of occurring. Serves San Fernando Valley.Spanish spoken. Accepts MediCal and health insurance.
9650 Zelzah Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 91325
M-Th 8:30am-8pm & F 8:30am-5:30pm
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential.
4350 E Camelback Rd,
Phoenix, AZ 85018
7 days a week 24 hours
Child abuse Hotline, investigates neglect or abuse of children, provides reports and protective services, counseling, and community resources referrals.
10281 Kidd St,
Riverside, CA 92503
Outpatient clinic provides counseling and mental health services. Outpatient mental health services, using Evidence-Based Treatment practices, are offered for children and youth from birth to 20 years old. Children and youth with attention and behavior problems, exposure to trauma, anxiety, mild to severe depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders and other mental health issues can receive individual, group and family therapy as well as case and medication management. Available at the Glendale, Inglewood, Mar Vista, Metro and S. Mark Taper Foundation sites.
4760 S Sepulveda Blvd,
Culver City, CA 90230
Hours Vary Per Location
24-hour Crisis Hotline (collect calls accepted): 877-988-5559 Information provided on shelters, crisis intervention, referral and other support services. Short-term safe shelter includes food, clothes, etc. Individual and group counseling, teen support groups and community outreach. No fees.
24 hour hotline: (213) 626-3393
Los Angeles County: (310) 392-8381
West San Gabriel Valley: (626) 793-3385
Counseling for dating violence, rape survivors, child abuse. Phone counseling and referrals. Self-defense classes and teen abuse prevention.
1015 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90017
M-F 9am-5pm (by appointment)
Located at Santa Monica ULCA Medical Center FREE treatment. Bilingual. Immediate assistance and treatment for victims and families including examinations, counseling, medical care, and crisis intervention.
1250 16th St,
Santa Monica, CA 90404