Resources & Self-Care

Books

“Empowering Black Boys to Challenge Rape Culture”

By Gordon Braxton

Gordon Braxton’s “Empowering Black Boys to Challenge Rape Culture” is a must-read for educators, parents, and committed activists alike. Gordon’s work with diverse communities of boys from Harvard to urban Jacksonville fuels his analysis and calls to action.

“Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love was Sexually Abused as a Child”

Written by Laura Davis

Laura Davis’ “Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love was Sexually Abused as a Child” serves as a guide for the loved ones of victims of sexual abuse, particularly in childhood. Based on Davis’ own experience, workshops, and interviews, “Allies in Healing” offers advice on how to support survivors, while also advising on how to take care of one’s own needs in the process.

“Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life”

Written by Ginny NiCarthy

“Getting Free: You Can End Abuse and Take Back Your Life” is Ginny NiCarthy’s self-help guide for women in healing from sexual abuse. This book features multiple exercises in addressing abuse, relevant statistics and information, and success stories from many women, encouraging the reader to continue their healing process.

“Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men: The Trauma of Sexual Abuse”

Edited by Richard B. Gartner

Richard B. Gartner’s “Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men: The Trauma of Sexual Abuse” is meant to approach and achieve an understanding of sexual assault and abuse in men and boys. Oftentimes overlooked, assault in men is more common than it may be perceived.

“Understanding the Sexual Betrayal of Boys and Men” addresses this head on as a resource for male victims and their loved ones.

“Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture”

Edited by Roxane Gay

“Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture” is a collection of essays and pieces written by a wide-range of writers about their experiences with the culture surrounding rape and sexual assault. It is an honest addressment to the treatment of women post-assault and dealing with a wide range of problems such as self-doubt, and questioning of honesty.

“Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement”

Edited by Jennifer Patterson, Foreword by Reina Gossett

“Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement” creates space for the voices of non-heterosexual, trans, gender-nonconforming, and minorities at the heart of the fight against sex violence. This collection of written pieces draws attention to the multifaceted, intersectional problems attached to sexual assault, and challenges the traditional narrative associated with anti-sex violence activism.

“Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive”

By Dr. Howard Fradkin

“Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive” is an inspirational guide for male survivors to develop their healing journeys. The book’s goal is to help men thrive in their lives despite their traumas.

“Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture – And What We Can Do About It”

By Kate Harding

Backed by extensive research, Kate Harding’s “Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture – And What We Can Do About It” goes in-depth on America’s support of rapists over victims. Harding comes up with and discusses multiple solutions to the rape culture problem in the United States.

“8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-Charge Strategies to Recover Your Healing”

By Babette Rothschild

Healing from trauma can be a tricky and difficult journey. “8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery: Take-Charge Strategies to Recover Your Healing” is a tool that helps implement healthy strategies to overcome traumas, and learn to heal.

“Ask: Building Consent Culture”

Edited by Kitty Stryker, Foreword by Laurie Penny

“Ask: Building Consent Culture” is a collection of thoughts about how consent goes beyond sexual context and is a part of everyday routines. To break down rape culture, we have to build a consent culture.

“Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Assault”

Edited by Lisa Factora-Borchers

“Dear Sister” is the stories, memories, and lessons of survivors of all different backgrounds. These stories are moving works written directly for survivors of sexual violence.

“Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support”

Edited by Cindy Crabb

Cindy Crabb’s “Learning Good Consent: On Healthy Relationships and Survivor Support” is a guide to building healthy consent, boundaries, and understanding of sexual assault in order to help prevent sex violence. This book emphasizes the ability to speak up and the importance of communication.

“The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-by-Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault”

By Dr. Aphrodite Matsakis

“The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-by-Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault” offers the framework and steps to begin healing from the trauma of rape. With resources for the many different outcomes of rape trauma, “The Rape Recovery Handbook” helps victims learn to cope with and understand their feelings in times of need.

“Witness to Resilience: Stories of Intimate Violence”

By Jane Seskin

“Witness to Resilience: Stories of Intimate Violence” is a collection of poems based on the experiences of victims of intimate partner and domestic abuse. These victims were worked with closely by author Jane Seskin, a licensed clinical social worker.

“Consent on Campus: A Manifesto”

By Donna Freitas

Based on a 2015 survey which reported that 23% of respondents said that they had personally experienced sexual misconduct on campus, “Consent on Campus: A Manifesto” is a call for action from universities across the United States to better their responses to allegations on campus and boost their education on sexual violence.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. We work hard to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. To reach our Legal Support Team, please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. For immediate medical support, please call 911. For counseling support, call the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) Hotline at (800) 656-4673 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. We work hard to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. To reach our Legal Support Team, please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. For immediate medical support, please call 911. For counseling support, call the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) Hotline at (800) 656-4673 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

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