Many folks have reached out to me over the past week to offer support. I am deeply grateful for that. I have also had several folks reach out and disclose their own experiences of sexual violence (completely unrelated to the situation or person I named in this post). I wanted to compile a list of websites, books, hotlines, etc. that I have found helpful over the years not only as I navigated my own healing path but also as I worked as a victim advocate and rape crisis counselor. I'm also including books for non female-identified survivors, a book for survivors of female perpetrators, and a book that is great for partners and allies. If there are other resources that you've found helpful, please list them in the comments.
Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma by Staci Haines
After Silence: Rape & My Journey Back by Nancy Venable Raine
Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine
I Can't Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors by Aphrodite Matsakis, PhD
The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child by Laura Davis *For partners and loved ones*
Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse by Richard P. Gartner
Support Hotlines and Websites
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) - 1-800-656-HOPE
Trans Lifeline - 877-565-8860
Pennsylvania Resource Hotline via PCAR (PA Coalition Against Rape) - 1-888-772-7227
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK
Scarleteen - Sexuality Resources for Teens
Self Care Following Trauma - HiddenHurt.co.uk
Health Provider Directories/Locators
Judgment Free Health Care Providers (LGBTQI-friendly)
*The following list credit goes to HelpGuide.org's "Finding a Therapist Who Can Help You Heal" article*
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) provides information about Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as a Therapist Locator national database of qualified therapists.
American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) webpage provides more information on this profession.
American Psychological Association (APA) provides a Psychologist Locator to find a psychologist in your area.
Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN) provides a list of WOC-identified providers