Resources You May Find Helpful

The following are resources we hope you find helpful. They are separated into categories to make it easier to find what you need.  If you have other resources you think are missing, please let us know. Click to view listing for each:

 

NATIONAL HOTLINES, AGENCIES AND CENTERS

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) | RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and leading authority on sexual violence. Resources include of expertise in victim services, public education, public policy, and technology.National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)  Visit Website

1 in 6  | Support for men whose lives have been disrupted by unwanted or abusive sexual experiences, work through it can help turn things around. The mission of 1 in 6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. Their mission also includes serving family members, friends and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community. Visit website

The Trauma Center – at Justice Resource Institute | The mission of the Trauma Center is to help individuals, families and communities that have been impacted by trauma and adversity to re-establish a sense of safety and predictability in the world, and to provide them with state-of-the-art therapeutic care as they reclaim, rebuild, and renew their lives. Through our integrative engagement in clinical service, research, and training, our mission is to ensure that everyone impacted by complex trauma has the chance to thrive. Visit Website

Victim of Violence (VOV) program of the Cambridge Health Alliance | VOV recognizes the prevalence and psychological harmfulness of violence in American society and around the world, the value of community-based social action to prevent violence, and the importance of competence-building, empowering care. Visit Website

Will Not Rest  | Dedicated to shifting the consciousness around child sexual abuse, the statute of limitations and rape culture. Visit Website

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families | ACA offers relief through the 12 Steps and people who come to ACA and stick around a while get help with a wide spectrum of abuse/neglect sequelae.  Visit Website

WRAP | Wellness Recovery Action Plan or WRAP, is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and goals.   It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.  Visit Website

Lundy Bancroft | The books, videos, websites, and organizations listed on these pages offer support, guidance, and inspiration to abused women. There is also wonderful information in these resources for friends and family wishing to assist a woman who is being mistreated in a relationship, and for community activists seeking to confront the wider social problem of abuse and violence. Although most of these resources refer to “domestic violence” or “battering,” they are almost all equally relevant to women who have experienced verbal, economic, or sexual coercion. Visit Website

National Sexual Violence Resource Center | The NSVRC’s Mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.  Visit Website

Voices of the Faithful | Formed in response to clergy sex abuse, Voices of the Faithful provide a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the Faithful can actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church.  Visit Website

Stop it Now!     www.stopitnow.org

National Child Traumatic Stress Network www.nctsnet.org

Enough Abuse (Gate-Keepers Program) www.enoughabuse.org

Netsmartz     www.netsmartz.org

Connect Safely   www.connectsafely.org

BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

My Body’s Just for Me by Yoshi Shiraki (author), Eva Shiraki (illustrator)
My Body’s Just for Me is a perfect tool for anyone who has a loving relationship with children. Whether you are a parent, grand parent, uncle, aunt, or maybe a teacher, this book is a perfect tool to help introduce a subject that is difficult but necessary to communicate to all children. It’s powerful message and wonderful illustrations will take little time to share but can make a life time of difference for the child. View on Amazon

I Said No!: A kid-to-kid guide to keeping private parts private by Kimberly King  Helping kids set healthy boundaries for their private parts can be a daunting and awkward task for parents, counselors and educators. Written from a kid’s point of view, I Said No! Makes this task a lot easier. View on Barnes & Noble

Feeling Safe  by Autumn Grace and Maggie Gould  It is an autobiographical story from a courageous girl who experienced sexual abuse and was able to get help and healing. The book contains a section on Where to Find Help, which is a listing of phone numbers in the U.S. and Canada. It also has three sections on What Parents Need to Know that includes Understanding Sexual AbuseTeaching Your Child How to Stay Safe, and What to Do if I Learn My Child Has Been Sexually Abused. View on Amazon

Know What? Your Body is Yours! by the Channing Bete Company. This workbook helps children identify inappropriate touches and behavior. It also provides a simple definition of body parts and teaches children how to respond to unsafe touches. Features interactive exercises, and comes with a leaders guide and web site access to supplemental material for students and teachers.

Will the Courageous: A Story about Sexual Abusby Amy Barth. In the story, the reader is introduced to Will. He is an energetic six-year-old who is sent to a babysitter’s home after school once his mom starts working. Nana Winnie is fun to be around and she really listens to the children. One day her nephew Perry comes to visit. Perry is fun to be around, but soon makes Will uncomfortable when he touches him. Soon Will starts spending time in his room, acts like he’s sick and doesn’t want to go to school. Will’s parents take him to the doctor and Will tells his doctor what happened. He is then referred to a child advocacy center where he learns that what happened is not his fault. He is also taught ways to handle situations like that in the future. View on Amazon

The Trouble with Secrets by Karen Johnson. Defines secrets and surprises and give examples of each. Encourages children not to keep secrets about touch even if someone tells you to. Encourages children to say “No” and tell the person that you will tell someone else about inappropriate touch. View on Amazon

BOOKS – SURVIVING TRAUMA

The Courage to Heal | In this groundbreaking companion to The Courage to Heal, Laura Davis offers an inspiring, in-depth workbook that speaks to all women and men healing from the effects of child sexual abuse. The combination of checklists, writing and art Projects, open-ended questions and activities expertly guides the survivor through the healing process. View on Amazon

Victims No Longer | The first book written specifically for men, Victims No Longer examines the changing cultural attitudes toward male survivors of incest and other sexual trauma. Now, in this Second Edition, this invaluable resource continues to offer compassionate and practical advice, supported by personal anecdotes and statements of male survivors. View on Amazon

PROVIDING UNCONDITIONAL HELP AND SUPPORT

What it Really Means to Hold Space for Someone. By Heather Plett Visit Website

How to Respond to a Survivor. Visit Website

Self-Care & Tips for Family & Friends of Survivors. Visit Website

HAVOCA  HAVOCA is run by survivors for adult survivors of child abuse. We provide support, friendship and advice for any adult who’s life has been affected by childhood abuse. Information about ways in which you can help the survivor but also help yourself. Visit Website

ORGANIZED SPORTS – CODES OF CONDUCT

USA  Swimming – Resource/example of what one sport (swimming) as done to provide tools and policies that help keep kids safe. Visit Website

Safe 4 Athletes  Visit Website

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE RESOURCES ARE INTENDED AS SUGGESTIONS TO PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OR VIEWED AS A RECOMMENDED THERAPEUTIC PROTOCOL.