RESOURCES for SURVIVORS of SEXUAL ABUSE
It can be a daunting task to find support as a survivor of sexual abuse.
Though there are rape crisis centers in almost every major city in the USA and Canada and therapists who have experience working with survivors of sexual abuse, it is wise to consider how to find the kind of treatment that works best for you.
It is essential that you find a clinician who has experience working with the issues of sexual abuse.
Psychotherapy with survivors of sexual trauma is both an art and a skill that creates empowerment and connection—not dependency. It is their task to facilitate you being a strong survivor, not a fragile victim, and do this with support and skill.
Recovery work with a therapist is a relationship based on earned trust, impeccable boundaries, and mutual respect. A psychotherapist must be both genuine and emotionally present. In the case of recovery from sexual violation, this could not be more essential. They must understand how to be engaged without letting their own feelings intrude on yours or for their own agenda to supersede your own. You need the safety to be vulnerable and in the truth. Previously, that might not have been possible. So, you and the therapist may not always agree. In fact, if you have a good relationship, it will be important that you are free enough to disagree, or question, or simply say “no.”
These are but a few of the many web resources available to you as survivors.
Also look in your geographical area for local resources- support groups, networks of survivors, community services. But use your instinct and be discerning about who you contact. Not all websites or resources are equally helpful. Find the ones that are most appropriate for you.
In the meantime, we've gathered a list of some of the best international resources available to you.
Resources and groups especially versed and trained in the singular experiences of being trans men and women survivors and for the wider Queer community.
Unfortunately a large number of members of the military suffer from assault and trauma during their service. Fortunately there is more visibility and resources than ever for those who do.
An expanding list of resources for survivors of religious abuse of all faiths.
Compiled is a partial list of National resources, many with immediate hotlines to call, for survivors of Domestic Violence.
Taking Back Ourselves partners and supports resources for male survivors of sexual abuse.