Child Sexual Abuse Support

To request children’s services, call (631) 360-3606 to speak with a VIBS 24-Hour Crisis Hotline Counselor.

If a child has been abused, call 911, they will direct you if you need to call CPS at 1-800 342-3720 and/or direct you to a SANE center.

 


Although the effects of sexual abuse or witnessing domestic violence can be traumatic and long lasting, children are resilient. With proper support, children can heal and grow in healthy ways. VIBS’ children’s program provides counseling to children ages 3 ½ – 12. Through play, art, or drama therapy, the child and therapist interact, using toys, games, stories and other creative materials. The goal is to reinforce safety, comfort and coping skills. These services are available to children who have lived with domestic violence or who have been sexually abused by a family or nonfamily member.

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Child sexual abuse is defined as any sexual contact between an adult and child. It might also mean sexual activity between an older and a younger child. Sometimes the abuser uses physical force, and sometimes the abuser tricks the child with threats or treats. The sex abuser is most often someone a child knows and trusts: a babysitter, an older child, a teacher, a family friend or relative – even a parent or step-parent.

By most estimates, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 7 boys are sexually abused by the time they turn 18.

If a child has been abused, call 911, they will direct you if you need to call CPS at 1-800 342-3720 and/or direct you to a SANE center.

 

VIBS CHILDREN’S SERVICES FOR SEXUAL ABUSE

  • Counseling for sexual abuse, incest and rape victims ages 3 ½ – 12.
  • Trauma Focused Creative Arts Therapy & Child Centered Counseling
    • Safety planning for the child
    • The goal is to reinforce safety, comfort, coping skills, work through the traumatic events and reconnect with peers planning for the future.
    • Sessions with court advocates and child to prepare for court
    • Parent Sessions & weekly Consultations for non-offending parents

The Staff:

Michelle Celestrin, Bilingual Children’s Counselor

Evan Haun, Child and Adult Counselor

Natalie Gmora-Nyman, Child and Adult Counselor

Alex Whicker, Child and Adult Counselor

Katelyn McGowan, Child and Adult Counselor

Steve Nillsen, Childcare Worker