Learn the Facts

Learn the facts about child sexual abuse. Take this short quiz to find out how much you know.

True or false:

In Tennessee, all adults are mandated reporters for child abuse and neglect.

TRUE. All adults in Tennessee with reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect must, under the law, report to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services or to local law enforcement. The reporter can remain anonymous. Find more information at How to Report Abuse.

Most children are sexually abused by strangers.

FALSE. 90% of victims are abused by someone they know. It is important to have age-appropriate conversations with your kids about personal and sexual boundaries with all people, not just limited strangers. 

To keep children safe, I only need to be mindful of how adults are interacting with children and in what settings that may occur.

FALSE. 40% of victims are abused by older or more powerful youth. To protect children, you need to be mindful of where and how adults and older youth are interacting with children. 80% of child sexual abuse occurs in isolated one-on-one situations. 

I should look for physical signs that a child has been sexually abused.

FALSE. Physical signs are not common in identifying child sexual abuse. Emotional and behavioral changes in a child are more common. A sudden drop in grades, withdrawal, fear, unexplained anger, or age-inappropriate sexual behavior or knowledge may be signs of abuse.

If a child discloses to me that they have been sexually abused, I should remain as calm as possible. 

TRUE. Remain calm to avoid traumatizing the child further. The child may feel guilty, ashamed, afraid, confused about the offender. Thank the child for their courage and let them know that you believe them. Let them know that you are there to protect and support them. 

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