If you know or if you are child or teen who is experiencing abuse...
1. When calling child abuse hotlines, multiple calls from multiple people tend to be better heard
2. If there is physical evidence of the abuse, consider showing it to a trusted teacher because they are mandated reporters
3. If the physical abuse is severe or if the abuse is sexual and there is physical evidence of it, go to the ER, because they are also mandated reporters
4. Find out where your local Safe Place is... Here's a link to to find the local Safe Place in your area: https://www.nationalsafeplace.org/find-a-safe-place
5.) For example, in Columbus, a child or teen can go to their local Kroger or library branch, share that they feel unsafe, and transportation will be arranged to get them to Huckleberry House.
Huck House is a wonderful resource. It comes highly rated by teens themselves. We've visited in personally, had youth tour and spoken with residents to ask about their experiences.
Youth shared that it was a place of comfort, safety, fun, caring and respect, that they can rely on for a meal, a place to sleep, caring adults and transportation to their school during the time when they stay there.