Reporting child sexual abuse immediately upon discovery is the crucial first step for victims and their families. It is important to report abuse directly to the police, as there are statement and evidence collection issues which much be addressed by law enforcement before any other agency becomes involved. The police will facilitate communications with Child Protective Services (CPS) agencies, as well as determine whether referral to a local hospital with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) unit is required for physical examination.
To report sexual abuse in the U.S., dial 9-1-1
To report sexual abuse outside of the U.S., go to the U.S. State Department'swebsite for a list of emergency contact numbers in foreign countries.