Children & sexual abuse

According to RAINN, a child can never, in any situation, consent to any form of sexual activity. When someone engages in sexual behavior with a child, it is a crime that can have lasting emotional and physical effects.

Unfortunately, childhood rape is not a rare occurrence and is often carried out by a trusted loved one. This can cause deep shame and emotional turmoil, preventing a child from speaking out against the abuse. Find local resources where you can report suspicions of sexual abuse and find support resources for kids in crisis.

Child safety & support

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health

Services to reduce risk factors and increase resiliency:
  • Case management
  • Diagnostic mental health assessments
  • Medication management
4641 Fulton Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: 330-433-6075

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Alliance

Mental and behavioral health services for Alliance children and families.
1207 West State St.
Suite G
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 823-5335

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Plain Community

Mental and behavioral health services for children and families.
1811 Schneider St. NE
Door 6
Canton, OH 44721
Phone: (330) 470-4061

Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health: Shipley Office

Mental and behavioral health services for children and families.
919 2nd St. NE
Canton, OH 44704
Phone: (330) 454-7917

Children’s Network of Stark County

Helping to investigate and prosecute crimes against children.
213 Market Ave. N
Suite 200
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-1700

COMPASS Rape Crisis

Mental health counseling services for all survivors of rape and sexual assault.
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 452-1111
Hours: 24/7

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/ Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)

Representing the rights and interests of abused, neglected and dependent children in Stark County.
110 Central Plz. S
Suite 436
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7914
Crisis & emergencies

Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI)

DVPI provides emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence.
Hotline: 330-453-SAFE (7233)

HAVEN Program

Provides medical forensic nursing care to individuals impacted by violence, elder abuse and neglect, domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault. Visit the website for more information.
1320 Mercy Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44708
Phone: (330) 489-1000, ext. 2170

United Way of Greater Stark County

Instantly connect with health and social services throughout Stark County.
Hotline: 211
Hotline: 211
Hours: 24/7 guidance
Parenting & family support

Goodwill Community Campus

Employment, education and family strengthening services.
408 9th St. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Local: (330) 994-1443
Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
Toll free: 1 (800) 942-3577
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Parents Anonymous

Self-help group encouraging parents to make lasting, effective, positive changes in their lives.
142 Arlington Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44708
Phone: (330) 445-1061
What to do if you have been assaulted

According to Mercy Medical Center, you should follow these steps to ensure you get the care you need after an assault:

  • Contact HAVEN for immediate medical attention from the Mercy Emergency Department.
  • Get to a safe space as soon as possible.
  • In cases of sexual assault, try to avoid changing your clothes, bathing or brushing your teeth.
  • Reach out for support from a trusted adult.
  • Remember you have options.
  • Request a medical forensic evaluation to address concerns related to the assault (even if you do not have any obvious injuries).
What to expect during your emergency visit

You can expect the following when you seek treatment through the HAVEN program at Mercy Medical Center:

  • You will be moved to a private waiting room or medical treatment area as soon as possible.
  • A doctor will perform an evaluation and provide treatment for any physical injuries.
  • Evidence may be collected, including clothing, hair, blood, urine or other samples at no additional charge.
  • Examiners will provide information about your care options and recommendations for safety planning.
  • Medical staff will offer any medications or vaccinations needed, which may include prophylactic medications for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and HIV.
  • Members of the clinical team will help you complete a Victim of Crime Compensation application.
  • The nursing staff will talk to you about your rights as a victim of crime and connect you with local social service providers.