Resources for Survivors

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For All Survivors:

Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse – Overview Paper by the Public Health Agency of Canada

Overcoming Sexual Abuse http://overcomingsexualabuse.com/
Overcoming Sexual Abuse began as a mother & daughter team,  Christina Enevoldsen & Bethany Ruck, survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  When we looked for an online support group, our search turned up two types of groups: The first type was extremely supportive and nurturing, but lacked any belief in or commitment to actually getting better. It was merely a place to share struggles, yet without hope of finding a way out. The second type was very uplifting and encouraging, yet gave the impression that healing was a matter of determination and positive attitude. We knew from our own healing journey that all of those were necessary to heal, but we also knew that without practical answers and tools for recovery there would be no permanent improvement. Since we didn’t find what we were looking for, we started our own group and Overcoming Sexual Abuse was born.

Child Abuse Effects by Darlene Barriere, violence and abuse prevention educator. Author of  From Victim to Victory, a memoir.

Vital Cycles http://vitalcycles.org/ Fabulous resource for forming groups for trauma recovery. The Purpose of Vital Cycles is to empower those who seek joy in living while healing the emotional impact of trauma. Vital Cycles is a healing community.  It is designed to be one part of your support system on your therapeutic path of healing and thriving.  Vital Cycles offers a healing process which allows you to foster your own spirituality or other belief systems.
Download their complete “Healing Toolkit” for free at http://vitalcycles.org/Resources/Documents/Healing%20Toolkit%20-%20Vital%20Cycles.pdf

Surviving Spirit http://survivingspirit.com/:  To promote Hope, Healing and Help for those impacted by trauma, abuse or mental health concerns through the use of the creative arts, a speakers’ bureau, newsletter, website, brochure, retail gallery, coffeehouse, media center and more.

SURVIVOR TO THRIVER: Manual and workbook for adult survivors of child abuse who want to move-on with life. © 2007 THE MORRIS CENTER
Web-based version
Downloadable PDF

Together We Heal http://together-we-heal.org/
Together We Heal is for those who have suffered the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. It exists to give aid and counseling to those in need, educate any who seek information on how to best protect our children and to expose the predators and their methods. Together we can do all of these things and begin the process of healing.

Women
http://www.thans.ca/Content/Chrysalis%20House: Chrysalis House is a non-profit grassroots organization that provides shelter, support, counselling, advocacy, and outreach for abused women and their children. Services are available for women who have been psychologically, emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abused.

Men

Free  Support Group in Halifax:  http://www.robertswright.ca/pb/wp_c0bcb2c9/wp_c0bcb2c9.html
ManTalk is a professionally supported, educational and emotionally supportive group for male victims of sexual abuse.  It was started by Robert Wright as a service offered through his private practice initially as a professionally led group.  Now the original men of ManTalk have begun to take on some leadership of the group and Robert’s role is shifting from one of leadership to that of support. Download the ManTalk poster.
YoungManTalk is a new initiative that they are starting in a small way.  It will begin on Oct 3, 2013 as a closed 4 week group for young men between the ages of 16 and 25yrs. Download the Young MenTalk poster.
Both are free, but require persons to call, register and attend an intake meeting. Call Robert’s office at 902-443-0192 or email  intern Sheri Dawson at to schedule a time to meet prior to the initial group meeting.

http://www.1in6.org: We offer education and training in local communities to raise public awareness and to help therapists and other professionals give the best possible services to men dealing with the effects of unwanted or abusive boyhood sexual experiences. Researchers estimate that 1 in 6 men have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 18. Whatever your situation, our first and most important piece of advice: Find your own pace. We’ve got the information and resources. You’re in the driver’s seat.

ms-logo http://www.malesurvivor.orge are committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.

https://www.facebook.com/HealingTheWound A Christian perspective on healing male survivors.
“Men Abused as Children (Sexual) is the part of Psalm 85 Ministries dedicated to helping the victim of childhood sexual abuse move from broken victim to survivor to thriving wholeness.”

Sexual Abuse of Males: Prevalence, Possible Lasting Effects, and Resources
By Jim Hopper, Ph.D. (last revised 1/22/2015)

Books for men:

Wilken, Tom (2008) Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect : Men Recovering in Group from Childhood Sexual Abuse. 2nd. Ed.    Workbook also available.  Excellent resource. Very practical. See http://www.silencetohope.com/stages.html
Make sure you get the second edition.
These are now available as electronic downloads in ePub or Mobi formats. See http://www.silencetohope.com/main.html

Fradkin, Michael (2012) Joining Forces: Empowering male Survivors to Thrive [Hardcover]
An inspirational new 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. Male survivors often struggle to feel any sense of hope for the future, so this book is designed to inspire survivors and their allies with easily learned skills developed over the course of the author’s 30-year career, and the real-life experiences of male survivors who have learned to thrive. Each chapter invites survivors to dare to dream that they can take another step in their healing process through leaving their isolation behind, challenging their dysfunctional beliefs and replacing them with healthier functional messages, practicing healing exercises, reading about the struggles and successes of men just like themselves, and learning how to build hope through the use of affirmations.
This book is unique in that it is based on the experiences of over 750 male survivors who have participated in MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery. The tools taught during those weekends, plus many more developed through the clinical experiences of the author, are presented so that each survivor reading the book has an opportunity to use the skills as he faces the challenges of his recovery. Survivors and their allies learn they are not alone in their struggles. Including the writings of male survivors and their partners will help to end their isolation and help them know others have walked in their path, become stronger, and found a sense of freedom. They will read about how these men and their allies have learned to make healthier choices that have enhanced their relationships, their emotional functioning, their job performance, and their lives.

Lew, Mike & Hoffman, Richard (2000) Leaping Upon the Mountains: Men Proclaiming Victory Over Sexual Child Abuse. Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books
Leaping upon the Mountains, Mike Lew’s long-awaited second book focuses on the reality of recovery. Its information comes directly from the experts – male survivors who have engaged in a visible process of change – courageously, persistently, and triumphantly. Presenting the first real investigation of what male survivors themselves identify as most important during various stages of their recovery, Leaping upon the Mountains contains powerfully moving contributions from hundreds of men of all ages and backgrounds throughout the United States and 45 other countries.

Lew, Mike (2004) Victims No Longer (2nd. Ed): The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse. Make sure you get the second edition.
“Victims No Longer still stands as the most important resource for men healing from past sexual abuse. Comprehensive, compassionate, and clear, it offers hope and direction for men reclaiming personal power and creating healthy relationships.” -Wendy Maltz, M.S.W., author of The Sexual Healing Journey
For more on Mike Lew see http://www.nextstepcounseling.org/

Tobin, Rod (1999) Alone and forgotten: The sexually abused man. Creative Bound Inc.
In Alone & Forgotten, Rod Tobin examines the three major symptoms of sexually abused men – anger, mistrust and meaninglessness – and explains how society’s perceptions and the survivor’s healing process differ from that of their female counterparts. A breakthrough in male abuse treatment…solution-focused and offering a positive process of healing…

Youth
http://www.thereddoor.ca  The Red Door – Youth Health & Support Centre – Kentville, Nova Scotia is a non-judgemental, community-based, non-profit organization, providing confidential sexual health services, health education, and health promotion to youth 13-30 years of age.