There are a wealth of resources for survivors, as well as their families, friends and partners. Looking at websites or reading books on sexual abuse can help us understand that we’re not alone and that there is hope. It can also help connect people who otherwise feel isolated and alone.

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Online Resources

Online Peer Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault

A Practical Guide for Understanding Peer Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence has developed a series of 10 sexual abuse booklets that are accessible online. They include:

  • Sexual Abuse What Happens When You Tell – a Guide for Children & Parents
  • Sexual Abuse Counselling – A Guide for Parents and Children
  • When Girls Have Been Sexually Abused – A Guide for Young Girls
  • When Boys Have Been Sexually Abused – A Guide for Young Boys
  • When Teenage Girls Have Been Sexually Abused – A Guide for Teenagers
  • When Teenage Boys Have Been Sexually Abused – A Guide for Teenagers
  • When Men Have Been Sexually Abused – A Guide for Men
  • When Parents Act Out Sexually – A Guide for Parents and Teachers
  • Sibling Sexual Abuse – A Guide for Parents
  • When Your Partner Was Sexually Abused as a Child – A Guide for Partners

Also Health Canada’s 2001 Guidebook on Vicarious Trauma: Recommended Solutions for Anti-Violence Workers can be downloaded from the Public Health Agency of Canada web site through a keyword search at


For Survivors

Adams, Kenneth
Silently Seduced: When Parents Make Their Children Partners, Understanding Covert Incest

Ainscough, Carolyn
Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse: Practical Self-Help for Adults Who Were Sexually Abused as Children

Altman, Kerry Paul
The Wisdom of the Five Messengers: Learning to Follow the Guidance of Feelings (Anger, Sadness, Fear, Happiness, Love)

Bass, Ellen & Laura Davis
Beginning to Heal: a First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children

Bass, Ellen & Laura Davis
The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Butler, Sandra
Conspiracy of Silence: The Trauma of Incest

Bradshaw, John
Healing the Shame that Binds You

Daugherty, Lynn
Why Me? Help for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse (Even if they are Adults Now)

Egeberg, Gary & Wayne Raiter
The Forgiveness Myth: How to Heal Your Hurts, Move on and be Happy Again When you Can’t or Won’t Forgive

Engel, Beverly
Right to Innocence: Healing the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Engel, Beverly
Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: How to Move Beyond Your Past to Create an Abuse-Free

Enns, Gren & Jan Black
It’s Not OK Anymore: Your Personal Guide to Ending Abuse, Taking Charge and Loving Yourself

Hay, Louise
You Can Heal Your Life

Levine, Peter
Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body

Levine, Peter
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences

Maltz, Wendy
The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide For Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

Miller, Alice
Free From Lies: Discovering Your True Needs

Miller, Alice
The Body Never Lies: the Lingering Effects of Cruel Parenting

Pennebaker, James
Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval

Rauch, Mikele
Healing the Soul After Religious Abuse: The Dark Heaven of Recovery

Rogers, Annie
The Unsayable: the Hidden Language of Trauma

Romo, Jaime
Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers and Supporters

Rosenbloom, Dena, Mary Beth Williams & Barbara E. Watkins
Life After Trauma: A Workbook for Healing

Salter, Anna
Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists and Other Sex Offenders: Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children

Wiehe, V
The Brother-Sister Hurt: Recognizing the Effects of Sibling Abuse

For Female Survivors

Davis, Laura & Ellen Bass
The Courage to Heal: a Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Levenkron, Steven
Stolen Tomorrows: Understanding and Treating Women’s Childhood Sexual Abuse

Lloyd, Rachel
Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale

Simkin, Penny & Phyllis Klaus
When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women

Sperlich, Mickey & Julie Seng
Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse

For Male Survivors

Ackerman, Robert
Silent Sons

Angelica, Jade Christine
We Are Not Alone: A Teenage Boy’s Personal Account of Child Sexual Abuse from Disclosure through Prosecution and Treatment

Bass, Ellen & Laura Davis
Beginning to Heal: A First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused

Fradkin, Howard
Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive

Grubman-Black, Stephen
Broken Boys/Mending Men: Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse

Henton, D., and McCann, D
Boys Don’t Cry: The Struggle for Justice and Healing In Canada’s Biggest Sex Abuse Scandal

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

King, Neal
Speaking Our Truth: Voices of Courage and Healing for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Kuhn, Jill
In Cabin Six: An Anthology of Poetry by Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

La Valle, John
Everything You Need to Know When You Are the Male Survivor of Rape or Sexual Assault

Lew, Mike
Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse

O’Brien, Dennis
Understanding Male Sexual Abuse: Why Male Victims Remain Silent

Price, David
Altar Boy, Altered Life: A True Story of Sexual Abuse

Sanders, Timothy
Male Survivors: 12-Step Recovery Program for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Satullo, Jane & Russell Bradway
It Happens to Boys Too

Wilken, Tom
Rebuilding Your House of Self-Respect: Men Recovering in Group from Childhood Sexual Abuse

Andy Fisher and Rick Goodwin
Men and Healing: Theory, Research, and Practice in Working With Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

For Families

Attwood, Tony
Exploring Feelings: Anger: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Manage Anger

Brohl, Kathryn
Working with Traumatized Children: A Handbook for Healing

Browne, Marie, with Browne, Marlene
If the Man You Love Was Abused

Carman, Rebecca
Helping Kids Heal: 75 Activities to Help Children Recover from Trauma and Loss

Carranza, Christopher & Jane Rogers Dill
Banishing Night Terrors and Nightmares: A Breakthrough Program to Heal the Traumas That Shatter Peaceful Sleep

Feuereisen, Patti
Invisible Girls: the Truth About Sexual Abuse

Hansen, Diane
Those are MY Private Parts

Levine, Peter & Maggie Kline
Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing

Manka, Lynne
Good Bye Ouchies and Grouchies, Hello Happy Feelings: EFT for Kids of All Ages

McEvoy, Alan, Brookings, Jeff, and Rollo, Debbie, Eds
If He Is Raped: A Guidebook for Parents, Mates, and Friends

Ostis, Constance
What’s Happening in Our Family: Understanding Sexual Abuse Through Metaphors

Perry, Bruce & Maia Szalavitz
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook – What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing

Preble, John & A. Nicholas Groth
Male Victims of Same–Sex Abuse: Addressing Their Sexual Response

Rothschild, Babette
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment

Schab, Lisa & Andy Myer
The Coping Skills Workbook

Scarce, M.
Male on Male Rape: The Hidden Toll of Stigma and Shame

Seligman, Martin
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Sonkin, Daniel Jay (1998)
Wounded Boys Heroic Men: A Man’s Guide to Recovering from Child Abuse

Wasserman, Burt , Evan Bear & Euan Bear
Feeling Good Again: A Workbook for Children 6 and Up Who’ve Been Sexually Abused

For Partners of Survivors

Browne, Marie H.
If the Man You Love Was Abused: A Couple’s Guide to Healing

Cameron, Grant
What About Me? A Guide for Men Helping Female Partners Deal with Childhood Sexual Abuse

Davis, Laura
Allies in Healing

De Beixedon, Yvette
Lovers and Survivors: A Partner’s Guide to Living With and Loving a Sexual Abuse Survivor

Gil, Eliana
Outgrowing the Pain Together

Graber, Ken
Ghosts in the Bedroom

Hansen, Paul
Survivors and Partners: Healing the Relationships of Sexual Abuse Survivors

Levine, Robert Barry
When You Are the Partner of a Rape or Incest Survivor : A Workbook for You

Murphey, Cecil
When A Man you Love Was Abused

Springs, Janis
How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To

Weiner Davis, Michelle
How to Change your Life and Everyone in It


Courtois, Christine & Julian Ford, Eds
Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: an Evidence-Based Guide

Herman, Judith
Trauma and Recovery

Levin, Peter A. Levine & Ann Frederick
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

Matsakis, Aphrodite
I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors

Matsakis, Aphrodite & Leslie Tilley
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Complete Treatment Guide

Rothschild, Babette
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment

Schachter, Candice L. Carol A. Stalker, Eli Teram, Gerri C. Lasiuk, Alanna Danilkewich
Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Healthcare Practitioners: Lessons from Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Williams, Mary Beth & Soili Poijula
The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms

Vicarious Trauma, Trauma Stewardship & Self Care

Rothschild, Babette & Marjorie Rand
Help for the Helper: Self-Care Strategies for Managing Burnout and Stress

Van Dernoot Lipsky, Laura with Connie Burk
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

Berthold, S. Megan
Vicarious Trauma and Resilience

Carpel Miller, Vicki & Ellie Izzo
Second-Hand Shock: Surviving and Overcoming Vicarious Trauma

Emerson, David & Elizabeth Hopper
Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body

Watts, Rod & David J de L. Horne, Eds
Coping with Trauma: The Victim and the Helper


Conterio, Karen & Wendy Lader
Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-injurers

Gratz, Kim & Alexander Chapman
Freedom from Self-Harm: Overcoming Self-Injury with Skills from DBT and Other Treatments

Lovett, Lyle
Small Wonders: Healing Childhood Trauma with EMDR

Miller, Dusty
Women Who Hurt Themselves: a Book of Hope and Understanding

Strong, Marilee
A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain


Grand, David
Emotional Healing at Warp Speed: The Power of EMDR

Parnell, Laurel
EMDR: Transforming Trauma

Shapiro, Francine & Margot Silk Forrest
EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Trauma


For Survivors

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime

Finding a Therapist

Support for Partners of Survivors

Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Pandora’s Project: Resources to support for survivors, partners & family members

Online Counselling

Survivors network of those abused by priests

Sylvia’s site (clergy sex abuse blog)

Resources for survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence

Survivors of Abuse Recovering (SOAR)

Some basic information for survivors considering pursuing legal action against their abuser

Child sexual abuse: a mental health issue

Mental health resources and supports

Support and resources for self-harm and abuse

Self injury information

Interdisciplinary National Self-Injury in Youth Network Canada

For Male Survivors

Destination for men in Toronto

Overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men

Peer Support for Men

Resources for survivors and those who care about them

Healing, outreach and peer empowerment

Support for male survivors

For male survivors

Resources for men including Cornwall Inquiry report

Support for male survivors

For Families of Survivors

Talking to kids about child sexual abuse

Resources for families with children in sports

Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents

Recognizing Child Sexual Abuse

For mothers of sexually abused children

Preventing child sexual abuse

Resources on child sexual abuse and child trafficking

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Self harm resources and reading

Kids Help Phone

Caring for kids: what parents need to know about sexual abuse

For Partners of Survivors

Resources and support for partners of survivors of child sexual abuse

Support for partners of male survivors

Support for survivors and partners

For male survivors and their partners

For partners of adults sexually abused as children