Resources - Adult Survivor
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Books For Family, Spouses, Parents, Etc.
GHOSTS IN THE BEDROOM: A GUIDE FOR THE PARTNERS OF INCEST SURVIVORS By Ken Graber (1991)
Provides Comfort and Guidance for partners in the process of recovery
PARTNERS IN RECOVERY By Beverly Engel (1993)
For anyone accompanying a survivor along the rocky road to recovery
OUTGROWING THE PAIN TOGETHER By Eliana Gil (1992)
For spouses and partners of adults abused as children
TRUST AFTER TRAUMA: A GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIPS FOR SURVIVORS AND THOSE WHO LOVE THEM. By Matsakis (1998)
WHAT ABOUT ME? A GUIDE FOR MEN HELPING FEMALE PARTNERS DEAL WITH CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE By Grant Cameron (1994)
Describes the feelings that partners of survivors experience while helping a survivor to heal from the painful and devastating experience of childhood sexual abuse
FAMILIES IN RECOVERY: HEALING THE DAMAGE OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE By Beverly Engel (2000)
Offers information and encouragement for siblings and parents of a survivor of childhood sexual abuse
THE MOTHER’S BOOK: HOW TO SURVIVE THE MOLESTATION OF YOUR CHILD By Carolyn Byerly
WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN MOLESTED: A PARENT’S GUIDE TO HEALING AND RECOVERY By Kathryn Hagans, Case Joyce, and Kathryn Brohl
Provides information, comfort and advice for families on how to put the pieces back together again after a child has been sexually molested
Books for Males
BEGINNING TO HEAL: A FIRST BOOK FOR MEN AND WOMEN WHO WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED AS CHILDREN by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (2003)
Offers hope and guidance for all survivors starting the healing journey.
VICTIMS NO LONGER: THE CLASSIC GUIDE FOR MEN RECOVERING FROM SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE by Mike Lew (2004)
Offers compassionate and practical advice
BROKEN BOYS/MENDING MEN by Stephen Grubman-Black (2002)
This book affirms for victims, survivors and those others who care and want to help, that it’s okay to tell
ABUSED BOYS: THE NEGLECTED VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE by Mic Hunter (1991)
Examines the physical and emotional impact of abuse on its victims and the factors affecting recovery.
MALE SURVIVORS: 12-STEP RECOVERY PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE. With exercises for personal growth. by Timothy Sanders (1991)
IT HAPPENS TO BOYS, TOO By Jane Satullo and Russell Bradway (1987)
Helpful for boys who have survived sexual abuse. Reading Level: 6 to 13 years old
UNDERSTANDING MALE SEXUAL ABUSE: WHY MALE VICTIMS REMAIN SILENT by O’Brien (2011)
Books for Females
BEGINNING TO HEAL: A FIRST BOOK FOR MEN AND WOMEN WHO WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED AS CHILDREN By Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (2003)
Offers hope and guidance for all survivors starting the healing journey
THE COURAGE TO HEAL By Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (2008)
Offers help and encouragement to women who were sexually abused in childhood
CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE: THE TRAUMA OF INCEST By Sandra Butler (1996)
Collection of personal accounts; how abuse affects self and others
YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE By Louise Hay (2009)
The timeless message of the book is that we are each responsible for our own reality and “dis-ease.”
SURVIVING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE: PRACTICAL SELF-HELP FOR ADULTS WHO WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED AS CHILDREN By Carolyn Ainscough (2000)
IT’S NOT OK ANYMORE: YOUR PERSONAL GUIDE TO ENDING ABUSE, TAKING CHARGE, AND LOVING YOURSELF By Gren Enns and Jan Black (1997)
Motivates women to be survivors instead of victims
WHY ME? HELP FOR VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE (EVEN IF THEY ARE ADULTS NOW) By Lynn Daugherty (2007)
Answers questions about child sexual abuse and abusers, shares stories from other victims, and provides step-by-step guidance to those seeking recovery from childhood trauma
FORGIVE AND FORGET: HEALING THE HURTS WE DON’T DESERVE By Lewis Smedes (2007)
Provides excellent points and processes one can utilize in order to relieve themselves of negative feelings and begin the process of healing.
RIGHT TO INNOCENCE: HEALING THE TRAUMA OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE By Beverly Engel (1990)
Seven-step program that will aid you in: facing the truth, releasing your anger, confronting those responsible with facts and feelings, forgiving yourself, and more healing advice and information.
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