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 and rape culture, 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.