Resources

Resources

Local, National, and Online Resources

Find resources for parents, kids and teens, caregivers, and community members to prevent, fight, and report child abuse.

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  • Love Our Children
    A national non-profit dedicated to fighting all forms of child abuse and neglect.
    loveourchildrenusa.org
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    Educational resources to help teach children about online safety and preventing abductions, as well as a resource for parents regarding preventing sexual abuse of child athletes.
    missingkids.org/ourwork
  • Parent Information
    Information about the different stages of parenting, from pregnancy to the teenage years.
    cdc.gov/parents
  • SafeKids Coalition
    Promoting prevention of childhood injuries in PA through education, collaboration, and advocacy.
    pasafekids.org
  • SafeSecureKids
    Free resources for children & caregivers about preventing sexual abuse and harassment.
    safesecurekids.org
  • Zero to Three
    Ensuring all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.
    zerotothree.org

Self-Advocacy

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Self-advocacy is the ability to communicate what your needs are and stand up for yourself when your needs are not being met. Being able to do this is important in almost every aspect of life including relationships, school, work, and more. Self-advocacy can be asking for help with a problem, making decisions on what you do or don’t want, and following through with them, or respectfully voicing an opinion on rules or policies that affect you. Here are a couple practice resources that can help you improve your self-advocacy skills, from Understood.org.

Victim’s Bill of Rights

In Pennsylvania, every victim of a crime has rights. These rights help ensure you receive information and support surrounding your experience. They also help ensure you are able to fully participate in the criminal justice system. Every victim has the same rights under the Bill of Rights, regardless of gender, age, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or religious affiliation.

Some of these rights include the right to be told about services available to you, about court events, and final disposition of a case; the right to receive notice of the arrest of the offender, information about restitution and compensation, and accompaniment to all criminal proceedings; and the right to provide input into sentencing and post-sentencing decisions.

At the CAC, our Child & Family Advocates work to ensure your rights are respected and help you navigate them. Learn more detail about the Basic Bill of Rights for Victims.

Relationships

Everyone, including you, deserves to be a part of healthy, loving relationships. These relationships may be between family members, friends, and/or romantic partners. All relationships fall on a spectrum of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive behaviors. It is important to recognize where your relationships fall on this spectrum in order to address any unhealthy behaviors. Below are some resources on healthy relationships, especially in regards to romantic partners.

Healthy relationships extend to digital content, not just in-person interactions. This could include content on electronic devices, social media accounts, messaging apps, and more. Sharing information and participating in conversations on these platforms is always a personal choice—you have the power to set your personal boundaries. Here are resources to learn more about staying safe and creating boundaries online:

Health – General

Columbia University health specialists and professionals created Go Ask Alice! as an online resource for young people to find information related to various health topics. These topics include general health, sexual and reproductive health, alcohol and other drugs, nutrition and physical activity, emotional health, and relationships. Go Ask Alice! is not medical advice and does not replace consultation with health care providers.

Go Ask Alice!

https://goaskalice.columbia.edu

Sexual Health

MTV, in partner with the Kaiser Family Foundation, created It’s Your (Sex) Life, an online platform with information to support young people’s responsible decisions regarding their sex life and sexual health. Topics covered include pregnancy/prevention, STDs and testing, LGBTQ, and relationships.

It’s Your (Sex) Life

itsyoursexlife.com/about

Mental Health

Do you have questions about mental health, your brain, self-injury, suicidal ideation, or stress? Mental health is just as important as physical health, and information should be easily accessible for everyone. Mental Health Literacy is a great resource on those topics and more related to teen mental health.

mentalhealthliteracy.org

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  • Bikers Against Child AbusePennsylvania
    A group of bikers dedicated to empowering children to not feel afraid in the world and provide support to child victims of abuse.
    pennsylvania.bacaworld.org
  • KidPower International
    Resources provide effective, upbeat, and empowering child protection, positive communication, and personal safety skills.
    kidpower.org
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center—Friends & Family
    Resources on how to support friends or family members who are survivors of sexual violence, as well as safety and prevention.
    nsvrc.org/friends-family
  • Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
    Ensuring every child in PA can thrive and reach their full potential through public policy movements.
    papartnerships.org
  • Prevent Child Abuse America
    Dedicated to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. All children should be able to grow up happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in supportive families and communities.
    preventchildabuse.org
  • The Mama Bear Effect
    An organization created to make resources and information surrounding child sexual abuse down-to-earth, accessible, and inspiring.
    themamabeareffect.org
  • U.S. Center for SafeSport
    The nation’s nonprofit organization for resolving abuse and misconduct reports, as well as developing and enforcing policies, protocols, and trainings preventing abuse and misconduct in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.
    uscenterforsafesport.org
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
    A nonprofit organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
    apsac.org
  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids
    Takes a hard look at the strategies proven to reduce crime and put kids on the path to leading productive lives.
    strongnation.org/fightcrime
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
    Raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States.
    nctsn.org
  • National Children’s Alliance
    Developed CAC/MDIT model & provides training and guidance to CACs
    https://www.nationalcac.org/
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers of Pennsylvania
    Statewide nonprofit membership association of individual CACs across the state
    https://penncac.org/
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    Virtual access to trainings, resources, and best practices related to missing and exploited children.
    ncmec.elevate.commpartners.com
  • National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley College
    Provides a multitude of trainings, webinars, and courses on a variety of topics such as substance abuse, child abuse/neglect/sex trafficking, leadership, school safety, courts/community corrections, and more.
    ncjtc.fvtc.edu
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center—Advocates & Educators
    Resources, trainings, and research regarding the prevention of sexual abuse and advocacy for victims.
    nsvrc.org/advocates-educators
  • Pennsylvania Coalition on Rape/National Sexual Violence Resource Center eLearning Hub
    A joint effort between PCAR and NSVRC to provide a variety of eLearning modules about sexual violence, including prevention and response.
    campus.nsvrc.org
  • University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Resource Center
    A catalog of virtual trainings related to child welfare and social work.
    e-learn.pitt.edu/visitor_class_catalog
  • Zero Abuse Project
    Committed to transforming institutions in order to effectively prevent, recognize, and respond to child abuse.
    zeroabuseproject.org
  • Adams County Children & Youth Services
    117 Baltimore St, Room 201B
    Gettysburg PA 17325
    717-337-0110
    http://www.adamscounty.us/Dept/CYS/Pages/default.aspx

Local Resources

  • Collaborating for Youth
    Developing the positive potential of youth within safe and supportive families and communities.
    717-338-0300
    cfygettysburg.com
  • MidPenn Legal Services—Gettysburg Office
    Nonprofit, public interest law firm providing high-quality, free civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
    123 Baltimore St, Suite 301
    Gettysburg, PA 17325
    800-326-9177
    717-334-7624
    midpenn.org
  • WellSpan Crisis Intervention
    24/7 assistance for mental health/behavioral crisis
    Gettysburg Hospital
    147 Gettys St
    Gettysburg PA 17325
    717-851-5578
    800-673-2496

National Resources

  • PA Support & Referral Helpline: 1-855-284-2494
    24/7 helpline providing free support and referrals to PA residents struggling with mental health.
  • PA Crisis Text Line—text HOME to 741741
    Provides free, 24/7 text-message-based mental health support and crisis intervention.


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