National Advocacy Organizations
exit_to_app Child USA
Child USA works with survivors and advocates to identify laws and policies to improve child protection and prevent child abuse. Their current work involves advocating to eliminate or reform state criminal and civil Statute of Limitation (SOL) laws which are barriers to survivors getting legal justice in the courts. For a national overview of SOLs for child sexual abuse, and a listing of SOL legislation and best current criminal and civil SOLs, visit CHILD USA’s 2022 SOL Tracker.
ECPAT is a network of organizations and individuals working together to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children around the world. It seeks to encourage the world community to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
exit_to_app Enough is Enough
The Enough Is Enough® (EIE) mission is to make the Internet safer for children and families. They are dedicated to continue raising public awareness about the dangers of Internet pornography and sexual predators, and advance solutions that promote equality, fairness and respect for human dignity with shared responsibility between the public, technology, and the law. They stand for freedom of speech as defined by the Constitution of the United States; for a culture where all people are respected and valued; for a childhood with a protected period of innocence; for healthy sexuality; and for a society free from sexual exploitation.
exit_to_app Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program
The ICAC Task Force Program was created to help State and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children. The program is currently composed of 61 regional Task Force agencies and is funded by the United States Office Of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The Training & Technical Assistance Program was established to assist these agencies with training and technical assistance in support of their Internet Crimes Against Children initiatives.
exit_to_app Keep Kids Safe
Keep Kids Safe is a diverse survivor and child-centered movement engaging communities and leaders in the U.S. to drive holistic federal action and systematic change to keep kids safe from sexual violence. Our country guarantees the fundamental rights of children and adolescents to be safe from sexual violence and access to healing, prevention, and justice. Kids deserve to be safe from harm. Keep Kids Safe calls on the government to make sure everyone has access to prevention, healing, and justice.
The Keep Kids Safe coalition includes Together for Girls, Darkness to Light, National Children’s Alliance, SNAP, The Army of Survivors, and the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.
exit_to_app National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
The purpose of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) is to work to end sexual violence and ensure services for victims. The NAESV Board of Directors consists of leaders of state sexual assault coalitions and national law, policy, and tribal experts who promote the organization’s mission to advance and strengthen public policy on behalf of state coalitions, individuals, and other entities working to end sexual violence. Most importantly, the NAESV advocates on behalf of the victim/survivors -women, children and men – who have needlessly suffered the serious trauma of sexual violence and envisions a world free from sexual violence.
exit_to_app National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, (NCMEC), is a private, (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization which was created in 1984. The mission of the organization is to serve as the nation’s resource on the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. The organization provides information and resources to law enforcement, parents, children including child victims as well as other professionals. NCMEC operates the Cyber Tipline, where online child sexual abuse material must be reported at 1-800-843-5678.
exit_to_app Prevent Together: The National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
Established over 15 years ago, the Prevention Coalition—with 44 national member organizations and leaders headquartered across 21 states and DC—includes many of the largest and most influential youth-serving and family support organizations in the country. With National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Prevent Child Abuse America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the National Council of Youth Sports, the US Center for SafeSport, and many others, the Coalition’s member organizations and experts impact more than 45 million children and families annually in all 50 states.
Prevent Together published in 2021 its National Plan to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, which includes Six Pillars for Preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. The Pillars provide evidence-informed and culturally sensitive and competent strategies to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation. The Six Pillars include Advocacy and Policy; Awareness and Education; Collaborative Practice; Funding and Capacity; Organizational Policies and Practices; and Research. Guiding Principles and Key Objectives for each Pillar are detailed.
exit_to_app National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVCR) serves as the nation’s principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. It provides national leadership, consultation and technical assistance by generating and facilitating the development and flow of information on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies. The NSVRC works to address the causes and impact of sexual violence through collaboration, prevention efforts and the distribution of resources.
exit_to_app Prevent Child Abuse America
Founded in 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America)’s mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. Together with its network of 47 state chapters and over 400 “Healthy Families America” home visitation programs in 41 states, it focuses on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur. Since 1986, MassKids, home of the Enough Abuse Campaign, has served as Prevent Child Abuse Massachusetts, the State Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America.
exit_to_app Prevention Institute
Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life. As a national non-profit organization, the Institute is committed to preventing illness and injury, to fostering health and social equity, and to building momentum for community prevention as an integral component of a quality health system.
exit_to_app Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. In 2015, the Online Hotline expanded to offer services in Spanish atrainn.org/es. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
S.E.S.A.M.E. is a leading national voice for the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment of students by teachers and other school staff. Ending the practice of “passing the trash,” a phenomenon where educators investigated for abuse are able to resign and get a new job at a new school, is S.E.S.A.M.E.’s top priority for ending abuse in schools. Among its goals are to increase public awareness of educator sexual abuse, foster recovery of survivors through mutual support and access to information, encourage survivors of educator sexual abuse to report their offenders to local law enforcement and state education department credentialing offices, and advocate for child-centered educator sexual abuse policies, regulations and laws.
exit_to_app U.S. Center for Safe Sport
U.S. Center for SafeSport
The U.S. Center for SafeSport is dedicated solely to ending sexual, physical, and emotional abuse on behalf of athletes everywhere. It was authorized by Congress through the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, which gave it the scope and authority to independently resolve abuse and misconduct reports for more than 11 million individuals throughout the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement. It is charged by the Act to develop and enforce policies, procedures, and training to prevent abuse and misconduct. The Center’s SafeSport Code governs all participants in the Movement, and its oversight authority helps ensure that all Olympic & Paralympic national governing bodies (NGBs) adhere to Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAPP) that support athlete safety.
PreventConnect is a national project of ValorUS, formerly CALCASA, with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and RALIANCE. The goal of PreventConnect is to advance the primary prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence by building a community of practice among people who are engaged in such efforts. PreventConnect also builds the capacity of local, state, territorial, national and tribal agencies and organizations to develop, implement and evaluate effective prevention initiatives.
To achieve this goal, PreventConnect uses various forms of online media to connect people and ideas. PreventConnect explores issues and highlights efforts to:
- stop sexual assault and relationship violence before it starts,
- engage communities in preventing sexual assault and relationship violence, and
- build upon the strengths of the rape crisis and domestic violence movements, public health and other prevention efforts to create social change.