Handy Tips on Talking with Children about Abuse:
Care must be taken to protect the child and honor the courage it takes
to disclose. The following are a few guidelines that may help:
Allow the child to tell his or her story in their own way, avoiding leading
Be objective and non-judgmental in reaction to what the child is saying;
most children know their abusers and often have confusing feelings.
Assure the child that what happened was not his/her fault.
Let the child know you will be talking with other people whose jobs are
to help keep children safe. (Avoid making promises).
Use the child's words when reporting to the Department of Children &
Families (DCF) and/or the police.
Do not investigate yourself. Contact DCF or the police immediately.
Tell the child you are glad he/she told someone and let them know you
will be available if they want to talk again.

If the situation is an emergency, first call your local police by dialing 911.
Emergencies include situations where the child is in imminent danger of physical harm or sexual abuse.