Resources for Survivors

For survivors of sexual violence, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to turn. Whether you are a survivor in crisis who needs individual or group support, are someone interested in advocacy work, or want to know more about sexual trauma, rape culture, and resilience, there are many resources available.

Here’s an extensive list of some of my favorite books, organizations, educational websites, and other healing practitioners. This list includes resources for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, sex workers, disabled, undocumented, and other marginalized populations. My goal is to empower all survivors and allies to take an active role in their own healing, learning, and growth in whatever ways feel best and most accessible for them.

Organizations

  • Resilience Chicago – Resilience is an Illinois not-for-profit organization made up of many individuals with two primary goals: to assure that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion; and to effect changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.
  • RAINN – RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, which is free, confidential, and available 24/7/365 in English and Spanish. RAINN works in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense.
  • Safe Horizon – Safe Horizon has a free, 24/7/365, confidential national hotline in English and Spanish for domestic violence survivors; rape, incest, abuse, and sexual assault survivors; and victims of other violent crimes. Counselors are available to talk about your situation (whether it’s recent or not), as well as help you figure out the next steps, whether that’s in the form of counseling, legal aid, safety planning, or finding a shelter. They can also help you find in-person counseling, group therapy, legal aid, and other resources, and if you are based in New York, you can receive in-person services at their offices in Brooklyn and Harlem, by appointment.
  • ICASA – Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault is a not-for-profit corporation of 30 community-based sexual assault crisis centers working together to end sexual violence. Each center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and their significant others. Each center presents prevention education programs in Illinois schools and communities.
  • The Anti-Violence Project – AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. AVP envisions a world in which all LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected people are safe, respected, and live free from violence.
  • FORGE – Forge is a national transgender anti-violence organization that provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault. They also offer training and technical assistance to providers around the country who work with trans survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.
  • The Breathe Network – This amazing collective connects survivors of sexual violence with sliding-scale, trauma-informed, holistic healing arts practitioners across the United States and Canada. They also educate and train healing arts practitioners on the nuanced impacts of sexual violence as well as techniques to increase trauma-informed care within their practice in order to best serve the unique needs of survivors.

Online Support & Education

  • NSVRC – The National Sexual Violence Resource Center aims to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change.
  • Male Survivor – Male Survivor is an online support community and collection of articles and resources for men who have experienced sexual trauma. They offer a directory of therapists who specialize in treating male survivors, a support group directory, forums, healing events and retreats, and an email support team.
  • SCESA – Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault has an excellent resources page for women of color looking for treatment centers and organizations dedicated to serving sexual assault survivors near them. The site also offers music, film, and book recommendations. SCESA is an advocacy organization working on policy change, collaboration with other social justice movements, community awareness, and a number of other advocacy tactics.
  • Trauma Queen – Hosted by Jimanekia Eborn, Trauma Queen is a podcast mini-series featuring conversations with survivors, therapists, partners, educators, and experts on sexual violence and trauma. The goal of Trauma Queen is to normalize talking about assault and healing for us all. Providing a free resource, each episode will highlight active and productive steps forward for survivors and allies.
  • Last Battle – Last Battle is a creative space for sexual trauma survivors to share their artwork, stories, and poems, provides exercises and articles on meditation and women’s empowerment, and offers a blog for inspiration and recovery.