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Suggested Reading

Black Femme Survival Guide, Noa Coffey-Moore


Crime Victim’s Guide to Justice, M. Boland

This is a legal survival guide (2008) written by a lawyer that explains the criminal justice system, police investigation process, arrests, filing charges, pretrial procedures, trial, verdict, sentencing, appeal, etc

Emergent Strategy, adrienne maree brown 


Helping Your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse, C. Adams & J. Fay

How Long Does it Hurt?

A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, Their Friends, and Their Families, Cynthia L. Mather

Includes sections on: is what happened really abuse?, living with your family after you tell, going to court, making way for your future, what sex is and what it isn’t, etc

I am an Emotional Creature; the secret life of girls around the world, Eve Ensler

Written in the style of the Vagina Monologues – a series of fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the world

Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse, Dr. Patti Feuereisen

Includes survivor stories throughout the book and sections on: sexual abuse and how it affects us; techniques girls use to get through the actual abuse experience, girls telling their stories including father-daughter incest, acquaintance rape, gang rape, prostitution, etc; different paths to healing and finding your support posse

It Happened to Me: A Teen’s Guide to Overcoming Sexual Abuse, Wm. Lee Carter

Workbook with exercises on: your experience, who are you?, managing your feelings, relating to others, getting better

Rewind, Rebound: A Teenage Guy’s Book for Dealing with Sexual Abuse, Mindy Loiselle and Leslie Bailey Wright

Includes sections on: why most guys don’t tell (and what happens when they do), abuse that happens outside the family and inside the family, sorting out feelings, emergency coping, understanding resilience, sexuality, dealing with professionals and making it work for you

Quest for Respect, Linda Braswell

Short guide book for survivors of rape – chapters on impact of rape, getting ready to heal, feeling the pain, new decisions and a new life – letting go.

sisters of the yam: black women and self-recovery, bell hooks


Teaching to Transgress Education as the Practice of Freedom, bell hooks


Through My Eyes: A Journal for Teens, Linda Kranz

A journal that includes a wide range of topics teens can pick and choose to write about

We Are Not Alone: A Guidebook for Helping Professionals and Parents Supporting Adolescent Victims of Sexual Abuse, J. Angelica

Info on sexually abused adolescents and the criminal justice system, connecting with the social service and criminal justice systems, a teenage girl’s and a teenage boy’s personal account of incest from disclosure through prosecution and treatment & guiding adolescent victims through the adjudication process

We Are Not Alone: A Teenage Boy’s Personal Account of Child Sexual Abuse from Disclosure through Prosecution and Treatment, J. Angelica

We Are Not Alone: A Teenage Girl’s Personal Account of Child Sexual Abuse from Disclosure through Prosecution and Treatment, J. Angelica

When Your Child Has Been Molested: A Parent’s Guide to Healing and Recovery, K Hagans & J. Case

Recovering from Rape: Practical Advice on Overcoming the Trauma and Coping with Police, Hospitals ad the Courts- For Survivors of Sexual Assault and Their Families, Lovers and Friends, Linda E Ledray,

The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-by-Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault, Aphrodite Matsakis

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

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

The Courage to Heal Workbook: For Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Laura Davis

Transforming a Rape Culture Revised, Emily Buchwald, Pamela Fletcher, Martha Roth

Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher, Ph.D.