There are many avenues for beginning to address one’s sexual abuse or assault, but sometimes websites and books offers the security of anonymity while providing information and validation.



Recovering from Rape, Linda E. Ledray 
Practical advice on overcoming the trauma and coping with police, hospitals and the courts -- for the survivors of sexual assault and their families, lovers and friends 

The Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis  
A guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse 

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

Gay Men and Childhood Sexual Trauma: Integrating the Shattered Self, James Cassese 

Can't Touch My Soul: A Guide for Lesbian Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Donna Rafanello 

I Never Called it Rape, Robin Warshaw  
The Ms. Report on recognizing, fighting and surviving date and acquaintance rape 

The Rape Recovery Handbook, Aphrodite Matsakis  
Step-by-step help for survivors of sexual assault 

Voices of Courage, edited by Michael Domitrz  
Inspiration from survivors of sexual assault 

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky 

Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse 
by Mike Lew 

Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive, by Howard Fradkin 
A book written to empower male survivors of sexual victimization to develop skills they can use to overcome the effects of trauma and learn to thrive in their lives. 

The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, by Andrew J. Schmutzer 
A Christian/theological book with contributions from 27 people. Dr. Schmutzer uses a collaborative approach to address childhood sexual abuse from a psychological, theological, and pastoral care perspective. 

Evicting the Perpetrator: A Male Survivor Guide to Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Ken Singer  
A book with insights and avenues to recovery not found in others, by a therapist who's worked with men sexually abused as boys and with teenagers and adults who sexually abuse children 

Leaping Upon the Mountains: Men Proclaiming Victory Over Sexual Child Abuse 
by Mike Lew 
Wise reflections and advice from real men, young and old, from all walks of life and all over the world.  

Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life After Boyhood Sexual Abuse, by Richard Gartner 
Lots of wisdom and useful resources from an experienced therapist and leading advocate for men with histories of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences.  

Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse, by Mic Hunter 
Another classic, rich with stories of real men with whom Dr. Hunter has worked and full of tools for recovery.  


Pandora's Aquarium: An online support group, message board and chat room for survivors of sexual violence

Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, RAINN

Men Stopping Violence

LGBTQ Survivor Online Support Groups

Georgia Victims’ Bill of Rights

Male Survivor: Overcoming Sexual Victimization of Boys & Men

Center for Disease Control

VINE, this service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day


Public Health: Sexual Abuse

Victim’s Compensation

young adult LGBTQ books.

Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings 

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin 

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens 

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz 

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst 

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller 

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee  

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee 

Timekeeper by Tara Sim (and its sequel) 

All Out: the no longer secret stories of queer teens throughout the ages edited by Saundra Mitchell (anthology with a lot of great authors) 

Ash by Malinda Lo  

Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak 

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black  

Tell me again how a crush should feel by Sarah Farizan 

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner 

Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws by Kate Bornstein 

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera  

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann  

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz 

As the Crow Flies by Melaine Gillman (13-17) 

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee (14-18) 

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (14-18) 

20 of the Best LGBT Graphic Novels of 2018 

LGBT YA Books 

100 Must Read LGBTQIA YA Books  

Masterlist to Google by Identity/Orientation 


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