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Relapse Prevention Worksheet
Recovering from abuse takes time. It is important to remember that recovery doesn’t occur perfectly for anyone and there will be relapses during the recovery process. This is normal and it is to be expected. A Relapse Prevention Plan is something that may be helpful to you in preventing a relapse. more>>

Common Misconceptions about Healing
Before leaving psychiatric nursing to devote more time to advocacy work, I wrote some hand-outs for my patients. No matter what the trauma, no matter what the diagnosis, no matter if the patient was suffering from a chronic or an acute condition, I found that many profited from one that helped clarify some of the common myths about healing. more >>

Suggestions For Healing
Many creative suggestions from Sara Lambert for healing. more >>

Sitting With Feelings
Many abuse survivors find it hard to tolerate having feelings, even positive ones like joy. After a lifetimes of automatically dissociating from emotion for self-protection, it can be really scary to allow yourself to feel again. A common defense is to “act out” instead of getting in touch with your feelings. For example, you may throw yourself into work when you are scared about something, in order to divert yourself from the fear. more >>

Having boundaries is a normal activity that survivors can have difficulty with. Boundaries are about your relationship with distance, time, space, emotions and thoughts. Having conscious boundaries is being able to know and decide when, where and with whom you merge. more >>

Self Nurture
Ideas for nurturing oneself, including soothing words, soothing deeds, keeping busy/health distractions, taking care of your body and releasing physical energy. more >>

The Process Of Recovery From Abuse
The process of recovery from abuse is long, demanding and very individual. It requires and deserves much support and safety from other people. more >>

Creating And Enhancing Your Personal Support
It is important to think about what help or support you need and make a list of those whom you trust to turn to. Dividing your requests for support between different people can ensure that you receive a helpful diversity of care. It will also prevent burning out one ally whom you have to lean on too much or too often. more >>

No, It Was Not Your Fault!
One of the things that sympathetic friends find so hard to understand about survivors of childhood sexual abuse is why we feel responsible for the very abuse that was inflicted upon us. “You were a child!” they plead. “You were little. You couldn’t have stopped it!” Well, my adult mind knows that. But getting my feelings to agree is a different matter. more >>

Still Think the Abuse Was Your Fault?
Unlearning the lifelong habit of taking responsibility for our childhood sexual abuse takes practice. I want to share with you some of the practices that have helped me silence the voice that shouts, “It’s all your fault.” more >>

An Eloquent Champion for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
John Briere, Ph. D., is a trauma specialist, a therapist, a researcher, and the author of over 40 professional articles and three books on working with adult survivors of child abuse. He is also a frequent lecturer to professional groups, giving several workshops a month across the U.S. on working with trauma survivors, especially survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Dr. Briere is a psychiatry professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. more >>

Learning To Negotiate
Often in your life you will have disagreements and conflict with the people around you. If it has gone on for a while it is likely that you are pretty mad by the time you get to negotiate and the first rule is to keep your temper. Getting angry as a way of trying to negotiate an issue NEVER works. more >>

Conflict Negotiation
We all face conflict at some time in our lives. But it doesn’t always have to be negative, it doesn’t have to end up as a war! In fact if you learn skills to deal with conflict there can be some really positive and satisfying outcomes. more >>


Off Site Articles

  1. “In Order to Heal It’s Not Necessary…”
    T. Jimma Morte 1994

  2. “Healing With The Help Of Art”
    Carleen E. Ellis 1996

  3. “Freedom To Make Choices”
    Laura Davis 2002

  4. “Healing Connection” PDF
    Sally Scott, MA, RCC 2003

  5. “Remembering Why We Heal” PDF
    Sally Scott, MA, RCC 2003

  6. “Healing Unresolved Anger”
    Holli Marshall 2000

  7. “Setting Function Boundaries”
    Pia Mellody 2000

  8. “Mothering Ourselves”
    Cheryl Rainfield 2002

  9. “Give Yourself Positive, Nurturing Messages”
    Cheryl Rainfield 2002

  10. “Holiday Cheers or Tears”
    Eliana Gil, Ph.D. 1992

  11. “A Person of Color: Overcoming Barriers to Group Participation”
    M.E. Hart 1992

  12. “Frightened No Longer: Finding Safety After Sexual Child Abuse”
    Lana R. Lawrence 1992

  13. “Sex Therapy with Survivors of Sexual Abuse”
    Wendy Maltz, M.S.W. 1994

  14. “Group Experience Healing Through an AMAC Support Group”
    Mary Kay Pedigo 1992

  15. “Taking Control of Personal Finances”
    Mary K. Pedigo, CPA 1994

  16. “The Role of Mental Health Professionals in the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect”
    Marilyn Strachan Peterson & Anthony J. Urquiza 1993

  17. “Medical Community Takes Notice of Survivors’ Health Concerns”
    Mary Anne Riley 1992

  18. “Just Another “Special Interest Group”? Survivors and National Health Care Reform”
    Mary Anne Riley 1993

  19. “Survivors and the Food Connection”
    Suzanne Scott and Lynne M. Constantine1992


Abuse Organizations

  • Abuse Recovery & Support for Survivors & Friends of Sexual Abuse

  • Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

  • Children Are Worth Saving – Community Outreach Program (CAWS CORP)

  • Family Abuse Crisis Exchange

  • Incest Awareness Foundation (IAF)

  • International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Men Assisting, Leading and Educating (MALE) affiliated with (NOMSV)

  • The National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (NCPCA)

  • The SaferSociety Foundation, Inc.

  • Sibling Abuse Survivors Information & Advocacy Network

  • Stop It Now!

  • Survivors of Spiritual Abuse (SOSA)

  • Survivor Connections

  • Victims of Incest Can Emerge Survivors

  • The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs


Books for Survivors Logo

Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life & Work

Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life & Work


Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life & Work
by Louise Desalvo

Book Description:
The importance of this book lies in its central placement of incestuous abuse as a biographical key to Woolf’s many portraits of childhood and adolescence in her fiction. Logo

Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse

Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse


Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse
by Mic Hunter

This book explores the myth that sexual abuse of male children is rare, and that the consequences are less serious than for girls. Logo

Abused: A Guide to Recovery for Adult Survivors of Emotional/Physical Child Abuse

Abused: A Guide to Recovery for Adult Survivors of Emotional/Physical Child Abuse


Abused: A Guide to Recovery for Adult Survivors of Emotional/Physical Child Abuse
by Dee Anna Parrish

An entry-level book covering child abuse in all its forms: physical violence, neglect, deprivation, ridicule, and inappropriate sexual advances.

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