Protect a Child
Research indicates that 1 in 10 children are sexually abused before age 18. It is estimated that in Boulder County, 2 new children are sexually abused every day. This indicates a continued threat for the mental and physical welfare and safety of our children.
Report Child Abuse
Who To Call?
Anyone may make a report of suspected child abuse. You do not need proof, just a suspicion.
In Boulder County call the Department of Housing and Human Services:
Outside Colorado call:
If you are uncertain what to do call us at 303-444-1388 and we will guide you.
For more information on mandatory reporting read “Reporting Child Abuse in Colorado“.
To read the statutes go to:
Suspected Child Abuse
Handling Disclosures –
The 5 “R”s
- Remain calm. Panic only causes the child’s fear and anxiety to increase.
- Respect the child.
- Refrain from conducting your own investigation. Too many questions can ruin the integrity of the case. Defense attorneys can argue “coaching” in these instances.
- Refuse to discuss this with others. Go to the appropriate agencies and professionals.
- Report the disclosure to the appropriate agency. Law enforcement and Human Services can direct your call.
Things You Can Do?
- Communicate with your child
- Identify safe adults in child’s life
- Teach/model appropriate boundaries
- Teach difference between “secrets” and “surprises”
- Appropriately name genitals
- Talk about who can touch/see those parts and when:
- Specific Doctors
- Other caregivers
- Pay attention to people who show an interest in your child
- Supervise physical boundaries between child and adult
- Empower your children to set boundaries for themselves (i.e. allow them to say “No”)
- Ask questions
Blue Sky Bridge if you would like additional information or training