If you need immediate help, contact the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline. Childhelp – or 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453) – is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with professional crisis counselors.
If you are ready for individual counseling, many local counselors are willing to provide referrals to practitioners with experience in specific areas. If you need a referral, feel free to contact the U.S. Olympic Committee's senior sport psychologist:
Karen Cogan, Ph.D.
Senior Sport Psychologist
United States Olympic Committee
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Please be aware that any referral from Cogan is not an endorsement by either Cogan or the USOC. As with any counseling arrangement, it is important that you independently evaluate the professional’s qualifications and ability to treat you and your specific circumstances. Should you choose to contact Cogan, please reference the USOC’s SafeSport Program.
Some research suggests that group counseling programs may be a more effective treatment approach than individual counseling programs for survivors of child sexual abuse. Group counseling may help reduce feelings of isolation and provide you with additional support. Below are some suggested resources for group counseling:
WOAR – Located in Philadelphia, WOAR offers counseling services for adults, teens, children, parents and friends. Group counseling is offered to children to provide a supportive setting with other children who have been sexually abused.
Friends of the Family – Located in Denton, Texas, Friends of the Family provides professional group and individual counseling for adult, adolescent and child victims of sexual assault, as well as adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It also provides professional group and individual counseling sessions for significant others and family members of sexual assault survivors.
The USOC does not endorse any of the listed organizations. It is important that you independently evaluate whether a particular group counseling arrangement meets your specific treatment needs.
For more information, download [Counseling Resources].