Links and Resources for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Violence

Crisis Support Hotlines and Websites


RAINN – Online Chat Hotline, Phone Hotline, and Local Service Provider Search

Provides confidential crisis counseling online for rape and sexual abuse survivors in the US and internationally. Whether you’re looking for support, information, advice, or a referral, RAINN’s trained support specialists are ready to help.

RAINN also provides help over the phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. 

If you are thinking about suicide, please read this first.

The Gay and Lesbian National Help Center:  Support, Affirmation, Respect, Acceptance

“Serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning community by providing free & confidential peer-support and local resources.”

This resource includes an online peer support chat, weekly youth chatrooms, and a search register to find LGBTQ resources throughout the United States.

LGBT National Hotline 1-888-843-4564

LGBT National Youth Talkline 1-800-246-7743

LGBT National Senior Hotline 1-888-234-7243

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

At the National Domestic Violence Hotline, our highly trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone in the United States who is experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

Survivor Support and Websites


RAINN – Online Chat Hotline, Phone Hotline, and Local Service Provider Search

Provides confidential crisis counseling online for rape and sexual abuse survivors in the US and internationally. Whether you’re looking for support, information, advice, or a referral, RAINN’s trained support specialists are ready to help.

RAINN also provides help over the phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Pandora’s Aquarium

Online support group for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and their friends and family. This online support forum is part of Pandora’s Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family.

Pandora’s Project

Pandora’s Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family. This website provides peer support, and numerous articles made by other survivors.

Media Resources for Survivors

Literature


The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Lauren Davis

  • Most comprehensive resource to date, raved and referenced by many survivors
  • May be overwhelming for the beginner, but a must-have
  • I suggest not reading this from front to back—it is actually meant to go out of order, depending on where you are with your journey

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

  • Used as an accompaniment to The Courage to Heal
  • Excellent guided writing prompts, highly recommend to get the most out of The Courage to Heal

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

  • Dr. Van Der Kolk’s life’s work was dedicated to understanding the intersection of experiences between survivors of incredible trauma
  • His book helps others to understand the unique experiences of the trauma survivor, but also gives tangible and actionable advise based on research and science

Podcasts

Here Podcast by Felicia Connor

  • “The Here podcast is a weekly show that brings you stories and tools to reclaim your power and reconnect with your mind and body. Through interviews, resource sharing and more, the host Felicia Conner gives people a platform to release their stories, taking away the power it has had over their lives.”
  • Felicia is an amazing podcast host, her podcast features superb audio clarity and a fresh conversational tone/approach to surviving sexual abuse
  • She is a mother and a survivor, dedicated to her audience
  • She will soon be launching a private Facebook community that can be accessed by survivors, and will be holding a book club featuring The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

Trauma Queen is a podcast mini-series focused on normalizing the conversation around sexual assault and other traumas.

  • Hosted by Jimanekia Eborn – Queer Media Consultant, Comprehensive Sex Educator, and Sexual Assault & Trauma Expert, Jimanekia will be talking with survivors, therapists, partners, educators, and experts. Real conversations with real people.
  • Each episode will highlight active and productive steps forward as well as three new resources for survivors and allies. 

Project Markie by Markie Williams [Season 1; 12 Episodes]

  • “Markie Williams created “Project Markie” to share, for the first time in public, her story and personal experience with domestic violence and human trafficking. Through this podcast, she’s bringing to light the stories of those who have been confronted by incredible obstacles, traumas or challenges that may have led them to a very dark and hopeless lace – and who were able to overcome the difficulties the faced and redefine their futures.”
  • “The podcast that’s shining a light on the darkness of abuse endured by survivors. These are the first-hand accounts of survivors of domestic abuse, human trafficking, and sexual assault”

Talking About the No-No ‘s by Kathryn and Chelsea

  • “Hopeful discussions about the hard stuff. Talking about taboos, difficult subjects and what healing looks like for people in real time.”
  • Kathryn and Chelsea have a very approachable, conversational approach
  • While some episodes are about sexual abuse/sexual assault, they include other topics of discussion that not many people bring up in conversation

Instagram

Relentless Joanna by Yours Truly – Updates on the Relentless Project, lesson tidbits for survivors, and various inspiration

Unapologeticallysurviving – Inspirational illustration/art, info-graphic collection that addresses surviving sexual abuse/assault. 

artsyaffirmations – Art dedicated to spreading positivity. Not specifically dedicated for sexual assault, but it’s some great sunshine to add to your feed!

Blogs & Other Websites

To be added soon!

Phone Apps

PTSD Coach, developed by the Veteran’s Association

Headspace, guided meditations

Betterhelp, online counseling and therapy provided by licensed professionals (currently using, started 4/12/2020)

…more to be added soon!

Black Mental Health Resources (New)

Informational Resources:

Black Mental Health

Black Mental Health Alliance (410) 338-2642

The Black Mental Health Alliance serves clinicians, the community, and individuals, families and children. The BMHA also provides information and resources and a β€œFind a Therapist” locator to connect with a culturally competent mental health professional.
Mission: “To develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and other vulnerable communities.”
Vision: “The creation of an equitable, respectful and compassionate society. The development of Black communities in which optimal mental health enables children, youth, adults, and families to strive for and embrace their best life.”

Identity of Cultural Dimensions: Black/African-American, by the National Alliance on Mental Illness

“According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 10% more likely to experience serious psychological distress. African Americans, like many minority communities, are also more likely to experiencesocioeconomic disparities such as exclusion from health, educational, social and economic resources. These disparities may contribute to worse mental health outcomes.”

This page has plenty of valuable information:

  • Issues to consider when seeking quality mental healthcare (dealing with prejudice in the healthcare realm in addition to socio-economic factors)
  • Seeking a provider who is culturally competent in serving other Black clients, a long list of mental health resources geared toward Black clients seeking care
  • Self care tips for People of Color (POC)
  • A list of treatment directories
  • Educational resources for Black people
  • Informational resources for people who seek to take action as an Ally or Champion for People of Color
  • A list of books about Black people in the context of mental health

 

Informational Resources: 

Black Survivors and/or Victims of Sexual Violence

“Sexual Violence in the Lives of African American Women” by Carolyn M. West and Kamilah Johnson (2013)

An Academic article that explores the following:
  • Historical Overview
  • Characteristics of Black Rape Survivors
  • Risk Factors
  • Physical and Mental Health Consequences
  • Culturally Sensitive Responses
  • Resilience

 “Black Women and Black Lives Matter:  Fighting Police Misconduct in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases” by Vania Leveille, Senior LEgislative Counsel & Sandra Park, Senior Staff Attorney of the American Civil Rights Union Women’s Rights Project (2015)

This Blog Post mentions the following:

  • Women and Criminal Justice
  • Women’s Rights
  • Racial Profiling
  • Race and Criminal Justice
  • Racial Justice
  • Housing Policy and Local Ordinances
  • Violence Against Women

 

 


Are there Resources that you think should be added to this page? Leave a comment, message me through Instagram @relentlessjoanna, or email The Relentless Project!


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