Clinical Services: Referrals

Resources

Here is a list of resources to help you find more information about particular sexuality themes. Keep in mind that not all of these resources may align with your family’s values. You may want to evaluate them before sharing them with your children.

Please note that this guide, drawn from What's Love Got To Do With It?, is by no means exhaustive. More information can be found in the book, or through the links of the organizational websites listed below.

Professional Referrals

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
AASECT
P.O. Box 1960
Ashland, VA 23005-1960
804-752-0026
804-752-0056 (Fax)
http://www.aasect.org/directory.asp
This nonprofit professional group is the primary certifying organization for sex education, counseling, and therapy professionals, holding members to rigorous standards of ethics, academic preparation, and training. The website has a searchable directory to find certified professionals throughout the United States and Canada.

Hotlines

Childhelp USA Hotline
800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)
800-222-4453 (TTY)
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Who they help: Victims of sexual abuse—children, parents, friends, and concerned individuals.
This is the largest and oldest organization in the treatment, prevention, and research of child abuse and neglect in North America. The national hotline is staffed by crisis counselors who can speak through interpreters in 140 languages. In addition to crisis counseling, referrals, education, and support, referral resources are also available. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

Men Helping Men Create Peace—Men’s Hotline
415-924-1070
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
http://www.maws.org/menssite
Who they help: men who are in danger of committing violence or abuse. This is an anger management and crisis hotline for men who feel they are losing control and are in danger of abusing. It is staffed by professional counselors. The website includes ex-batterer testimonies and information about support groups. Operated by ManKind Program, 1435 4th St., Suite E, San Rafael, CA.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233)
800-787-3224 (TTY)
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Who they help: children, parents, friends, concerned individuals, offenders.
This large domestic violence hotline provides assistance in English and Spanish, with access to 140 languages through interpreters. Call if you or someone you know feels frightened about a relationship; hotline advocates provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information, and referrals to agencies and shelters across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

National Prevention Information Network—STI Hotline
800-458-5231
919-361-4892 International
800-243-7012 TTY
919-361-4884 International TTY
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. (EST)
Who they help: youth, adults, and anyone who has contracted or simply has a question about STIs and HIV/AIDS.
This hotline is staffed by counselors with accurate medical information to provide confidential and anonymous counseling to anybody concerned about sexually transmitted diseases, including prevention, referral, and treatment.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
800-656-HOPE (4673)
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Who they help: children, parents, and individuals who are in danger of being assaulted or who have been victims of rape, incest, or sexual assault.
This national hotline provides confidential emergency counseling for sexual assault crises, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression counseling for people who have been abused in the past. The staff can also make referrals to local state agencies and support groups.

Stop It Now!
888-PREVENT (888-773-8368)
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (EST)
http://www.stopitnow.org
Who they help: adults who are at risk of sexually abusing a child, friends and family members of sexual abusers and/or victims, parents of children with sexual behavior problems, children or youth in need of help.
This organization educates about the risks that lead to sexual abuse of children. Its confidential helpline provides an outlet for adults to give voice to their struggles. It works up-close with communities to encourage a model of awareness and prevention, and it provides information about further resources for child abuse prevention and education.

Contraceptions, STIs, and Safer Sex Education

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
434 West 33rd St.
New York, NY 10001
800-230-7526 connects to affiliate in caller’s service area
800-829-7732 National Office
http://www.plannedparenthood.org
Planned Parenthood is an international nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care, family planning services, and sexuality education. Planned Parenthood centers provide a variety of resources to both teens and adults, from condoms and STI information to confidential consultation about all sexual health issues. The website offers an anonymous question forum, as well as health research, news, and opportunities for social action.

National Prevention Information Network
P.O. Box 6003
Rockville, MD 20849
800-458-5231
919-361-4892 International
800-243-7012 TTY
919-361-4884 International TTY
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. (EST)
http://www.cdcpin.org
In addition to a help line that provides confidential and anonymous telephone support for questions about AIDS and STIs, the National Prevention Information Network website offers a full range of information about all aspects of STIs, from prevention to counseling, testing, and referral, as well as information and educational programs for communities at risk. A Spanish-language version of the website is also available at http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/espanol/index.asp.

Gender Identity; Gay Males, Lesbians,
Bisexuals, and Transgender Persons

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
1726 M St. NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
202-467-8180
202-467-8194 (Fax)
http://www.pflag.org
PFLAG is a national nonprofit organization that promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons and families through support, education, and advocacy. The website offers special sections about coming out, as well as sections for friends and family members of a person who has just come out. The frequently asked questions, “do’s and don’ts,” and support networks are helpful for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and straight individuals.

Teen Sexuality

Sex, etc.
Hosted by Answer at Rutgers University
Answer
41 Gordon Rd.
Suite C
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8067
732-445-7929
http://www.sexetc.org
This website is written by and for teens about all aspects of sexuality, with information, articles, and an online magazine. Topics include girls’ health, guys’ health, pregnancy, STIs, testing, emotional health, love and relationships, abortion and adoption, sexual orientation, and what to do in a crisis. A great resource for teens to get honest and direct answers to questions about sexuality.

Women's Health

National Women’s Health Resource Center
157 Broad St.
Suite 315
Red Bank, NJ 07701
877-986-9472
http://www.healthywomen.org
This national, nonprofit organization distributes independent, up-to-date women’s health information based on the latest medical research and practices. The site provides an A–Z encyclopedia of women’s health issues and topics, newsletters and special reports, and special forums on sexuality, aging, and lifestyle.

Men's Health

Men’s Health Network
P.O. Box 75972
Washington, DC 20013
202-543-MHN-1 (6461)
http://www.menshealthnetwork.org
This nonprofit educational organization of physicians, public health workers, and individuals recognizes men’s health as a specific societal concern and promotes awareness and education about men’s health. At this site you will find specific information covering all aspects of men’s health, as well as screening programs, news reports, and updates.

Single Parenting

Parents Without Partners
1650 South Dixie Highway
Suite 510
Boca Raton, FL 33432
561-391-8833
http://www.parentswithoutpartners.org
This is an international, nonprofit organization devoted to providing community and support for all single parents. Local chapters around the world allow single parents to meet to discuss issues of single parenting. A newsletter and online community also provide support for single mothers and fathers.