7 Investigates: A Cycle of Abuse

A Cycle of Abuse

Part 12: Best practices for protecting your child

Part 11: Healing for Heidi

Part 1: The team fighting child sexual assault

Part 2: Interviewing children about child sexual assault

Part 3: Child sexual assaults reported daily in north central Wisconsin

Part 4: Following child sexual assault investigations into the courts

Part 5: Predators and broken families

Part 6: Child predators manipulate by building trust

Part 7: Believing the children in sexual assault investigations

Part 8: Challenges and importance of reporting child sexual assault

Part 9: The abusive cycle of sexual assault

Part 10: Justice for sexual assault victims

A Cycle of Abuse: Resources



As 7 Investigates ‘A Cycle of Abuse’ unveils a months-long investigation into the scope of child sexual assault in northcentral Wisconsin, it’s important to know where to get help.


Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
North Central Health Care Facility Emergency Services: 715-845-4326

Child Advocacy Center with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

The Child’s Advocacy Center brings together a team of professionals to investigate cases of child maltreatment. They can provide services and resources to your family if your child is a victim of abuse or neglect.

Phone: 715-848-8600
Address: 705 S. 24th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401

Peaceful Solutions Counseling

With locations in Wausau and Merrill, Peaceful Solutions is a non-profit organization that participated in 7 Investigate’s Cycle of Abuse coverage, and has dealt with hundreds of child sexual abuse cases.

They also offer the S.A.F.E. program (Stopping Abuse for Everyone) which is a counseling & education program focused on stopping the cycle for adults who have been emotionally or physically abusive.

Phone: 715-675-3458
Address: 741 1st St., Wausau, WI 54403

Women’s Community

The Women’s Community provides services, advocates, and resources to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Phone: 715-842-5663
Address: 3200 Hilltop Ave, Wausau, WI 54401
24/7 Confidential Hotline: 715-842-7323

Social Services

Contact your county’s social services or human resources department below for specific information about localized services in your area or to report a child sexual assault.

Adams County: 608-339-4505
Clark County: 715-743-5233
Forest County: 715-478-3351
Iron County: 715-561-3636
Langlade County: 715-627-6500
Lincoln County: 715-536-6200
Marathon County: 715-261-7500
Oneida County: 715-362-5695
Portage County: 715-345-5350
Price County: 715-339-2158
Shawano County: 715-526-4700
Taylor County: 715-748-3332
Vilas County: 715-479-3668
Waupaca County: 715-258-6300
Wood County: 715-421-8600

Law Enforcement

To report a sexual assault, call 9-1-1, contact your sheriff’s office below, or get in touch with your city’s police department.

Adams County: 608-339-3304
Clark County: 715-743-3157
Forest County: 715-478-3331
Iron County: 715-561-3800
Langlade County: 715-627-6411
Lincoln County: 715-536-6272
Marathon County: 715-261-1200
Oneida County: 715-361-5100
Portage County: 715-346-1400
Price County: 715-339-3011
Shawano County: 715-526-7905
Taylor County: 715-748-2200
Vilas County: 715-479-4441
Waupaca County: 715-258-4466
Wood County: 715-421-8700

District Attorney

Adams County: 608-339-4217
Clark County: 715-743-5167
Forest County: 715-478-3511
Iron County: 715-561-5671
Langlade County: 715-627-6224
Lincoln County: 715-536-0339
Marathon County: 715-261-1111
Oneida County: 715-369-6133
Portage County: 715-346-1300
Price County: 715-339-3095
Shawano County: 715-526-2166
Taylor County: 715-748-1450
Vilas County: 715-479-3614
Waupaca County: 715-258-6444
Wood County: 715-421-8515

If you represent an organization that offers services for child sexual assault, please contact news@wsaw.com to be considered for this list.