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Crimes Involving Children

Đang chơi bàiFind information about crimes involving children including abductions, abuse, and neglect.

is harm done to a child through a physical, emotional, or sexual act, or by neglect or abandonment.

Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

Some  of abuse or neglect of a child include:

  • Unexplained bruises

  • Overly passive or overly aggressive behavior

  • Đang chơi bàiStaying away from or being afraid to go home

  • Lacking clean or appropriate clothes, food, or other basic necessities

Conduct Parents Display That May Indicate Child Abuse or Neglect

  • Đang chơi bàiBerating, shaming, blaming, or rejecting the child

  • Đang chơi bàiRelying on the child for the parent's own emotional needs

  • Offering conflicting or unconvincing explanations of a child's physical injuries

Report Suspected Child Abuse

If an abusive event is in progress or you know or suspect someone abused, neglected, or exploited a child, call 911.

You may also:

  • Đang chơi bàiContact your . If you suspect a child is being abused, they can assess the situation and take appropriate action.

  • Đang chơi bàiCall the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) if:

    • Đang chơi bàiYou suspect abuse

    • You are a child abuse victim

    • Đang chơi bàiYou are a parent who needs help

The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and operates in the United States, its territories, and Canada.

There are also some other resources available with information on how to handle a suspected child abuse and/or neglect situation:

  • The  has information on how to:

    • Đang chơi bàiProtect a child’s safety

    • Đang chơi bàiSupport families

    • Prevent child maltreatment

    • Report suspected abuse and neglect

  • The  has contact information by state for reporting child abuse..Each state controls and operates its own child protective services. Visit your state’s health and human resources website for more information.

by a parent or family member.

International Abductions in Progress

Đang chơi bàiIf your child has been abducted and is in danger of being taken outside of the U.S.:

  • Call 911 immediately.

  • .

If Your Child Has Been Abducted and Taken Overseas

Đang chơi bàiIf your child has been taken outside of the United States already:

  • Immediately  and .

  • to help. These include:

    • Legal aid

    • Đang chơi bàiLaw enforcement

    • Đang chơi bàiAirport information

    • Your state’s center for missing children

Preventing Abductions

If you fear your child is at risk of international parental abduction:

  • Enroll your child in the . You will receive an alert if a passport is issued for your child.

  • Follow these .

  • Contact  for help and advice.

Đang chơi bàiLearn about .

includes any image of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. A minor is anyone younger than 18. 

Child pornography can include:

  • Drawings

  • Cartoons

  • Sculptures

  • Paintings

  • Đang chơi bàiPhotographs

  • Films

  • Videos

  • Computer-generated images or pictures

Reporting Child Pornography

Đang chơi bàiTo report child pornography, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

Child Pornography in the Mail

It is illegal to send child pornography through the U.S. Mail. For more information, visit the U.S. Postal Inspection Service's section on .

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Last Updated: November 17, 2020