Survivor Resources

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

I Never Called It Rape: The Ms. Report on Recognizing, Fighting, and Surviving Date and Acquaintance Rape by Robin Warshaw

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman

The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Wendy Maltz

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

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*

Healing From Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life by Jasmin Lee Cori

Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse by Mike Lew

Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse by Richard P. Gartner

When You're Ready: A Woman's Healing from Childhood Physical and Sexual Abuse by Her Mother by Kathy Evert

The courage to be me: A story of courage, self-compassion and hope after sexual abuse by Dr. Nina Burrowes

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 -

Emotional and Psychological Trauma: Symptoms, Treatment, and Recovery -

Health Provider Directories/Locators

Judgment Free Health Care Providers (LGBTQI-friendly)

Kink Aware Professionals

*The following list credit goes to'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 

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  • Christine Bowman
    commented 2015-03-27 19:17:42 -0700
    I’ve also found this book helpful – Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Violence by Lisa Factora-Borchers (Editor), Aishah Shahidah Simmons (Introduction)

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