Reporting
Child Sexual Abuse

If you suspect that a child is undergoing abuse, it’s critical to report it—and to continue reporting each separate incidence if it continues to recur. The more information you can provide, the better the chance of the child getting the help they deserve.

See something,
Hear something,
Say something.

Individuals can now lodge their complaints at National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)’s POCSO e-box. Considering the growing menace of cyber crimes targeting children, NCPCR has now enhanced the scope of POCSO e-box to handle cyber bullying, cyber stalking, morphing of images and child pornography.

Child victims themselves or their friends, parents, relatives or guardians can report cyber crimes by pressing the e-box button available at the Commission’s website, www.ncpcr.gov.in. They can also register their complaints on
E-mail ID : pocsoebox-ncpcr@gov.in or Mobile No.: 9868235077.

When should Child Sexual Abuse be reported?

Typically, the situations that require reporting are:

  • A child and/or adult shows numerous and consistent warning signs of abuse or being at risk to abuse
  • A child has stated that he or she is being abused by an adult
  • A child has stated that another child has been engaging in sexually harmful behaviors with him or her
  • A child states that he or she has sexually harmed another child
  • An adult has stated that he or she has sexually abused a child
  • An individual has become aware of child pornography online
  • An adult is aware of another adult or child who is viewing child pornography

Where do I make the report?

You can file a report at any SJPU (Special Juvenile Police Unit) or Local Police Station.Alternatively, the POCSO e-box button is available at the Commission’s website, www.ncpcr.gov.in. Complaints can also be registered on email id: pocsoebox-ncpcr@gov.in or mobile no.: 9868235077.

By reporting, will I break up someone’s home?

Child Sexual Abuse is NOT merely a family matter, and the consequences of staying silent can be devastating for the child.

Will they know it was me who reported?

Reporting is anonymous. In most places, you do not have to give your name when you report child abuse.

What difference will it make?

If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Even if you can’t see the whole picture, others may have noticed signs as well, and a pattern can help identify child sexual abuse that might have otherwise been overlooked.

Do I need proof to make a report?

As long as there is reasonable suspicion about Child Sexual Abuse. There is no definitive proof needed to make a report. You can consider making a report in the following circumstances:

  • You witnessed a pattern of boundary violations by an adult or youth.
  • You received a disclosure of sexual abuse or boundary violation from a child.
  • You see physical signs of abuse.

What information do I need to provide?

  • Name of the alleged victim
  • Age of the child
  • Address where the child can be located
  • Contact information for the child’s parents or caregivers, if known
  • Types of abuse or neglect suspected
  • Reason for making the report, including specific signs of maltreatment and whether it is part of an ongoing pattern
  • Other children in the home, if known
  • Name of the alleged perpetrator, if known
  • The emergency nature of the report and whether the child is in imminent danger
  • Name, phone number, and address of the reporter

When known, the following information should also be shared:

  • Exact time the child disclosed abuse, if there was a disclosure
  • Whether the perpetrator is aware of the report whether the non-offending parent was notified of the report
  • Last occurrence of the offense.

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