If A Child Discloses That They Have Been Abused

Supporters of People Who Have Been Sexually Assaulted

If A Child Discloses That They Have Been Abused

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre

If a child discloses to you that they have been sexually assaulted it is important that you:

  • Believe them and listen
  • Reassure them that it is not their fault nor their responsibility
  • Make their safety your priority
  • Depending on the age of your child it is important to include them in any decision making
  • Contact the Rape Crisis Centre on 6247 2525, Family Services or the Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team to talk about what is happening. Please see Other Useful Contacts.
  • Keep your child informed about what is happening
  • Respect your child’s privacy but be there for them when they need you
  • Be open about your own distress but at the same time be aware that your child isn’t responsible for it.


Pleas also read the page Children for more information.

In all emergencies phone the police on 000.
Phone the Rape Crisis Centre any time on (02) 6247 2525.