What do you do if a child says they were sexually assaulted? The first thing you should do, is tell the child that it was not their fault, the second thing you should do is find out what you can and report it to the authorities.
Calling 911 and reporting the incident to keep the child protected should be your top priority. RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) outlines a professional yet compassionate protocol for responding to a child’s confession of sexual abuse and how to report it. Always remember, your top priority should be to protect the child in the situation, not the adult being accused.
It is likely that an adult who a child is reporting abuse to will not be prepared for how to react, that is why organizations like RAINN are here to help guide you through the process.