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The Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis. This is a classic, containing survivors' stories and exercises for healing. Very complete. Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) resources for "Victims of sexual assault (whether their attack took place today or decades ago)" Online confidential, secure hotline or call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Getting Through the Day--Strategies for Adults Hurt as Children, by Nancy J. Napier. One of my favorite books for supporting inner child work. Napier discusses dissociation, despair, the inner child parts, and multiple personalities from a compassionate and understanding point of view. Not just for abuse survivors but for anyone making sense of a hurtful childhood. Childhelp If you think a child may be being abused, this is a good place to call. Online resources: signs to watch for. Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD
Betrayal Trauma--the Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse, by Jennifer Freyd. Freyd explains that forgetting is useful to the child because it enables her to remain in contact with people who are essential for her survival. This helped my rational mind to believe the abuse. Stop It Now With resources on how to talk to someone who may be abusing. Hotline 1-888-PREVENT
Growing Yourself Back Up, by John Lee. A terrific little book on how we regress in challenging situations, and how we can stop "feeling small" and feel our legitimate power.

Online forums





Pandora's Aquarium is my current favorite site for forums for survivors. It is moderated and you have to join (give a false name, please!) to participate.
Searching for Angela Shelton is an amazing documentary DVD of Angela Shelton searching for other women of the same name. Many of them had been abused and tell their stories. She also confronts her perpetrator father--very dramatic and moving. isurvive is a large website, with many active forums for survivors of abuse and their supporters. It is moderated and you have to join (give a false name, please!) to participate.
Marilyn Van Derbur recently did a terrific interview on Colorado TV about many aspects of abuse, including public denial, healing, and how her public revelation changed her life. Survivors and Friends Forum, a smaller forum where you can have conversations with abuse survivors and their friends. There are many chat rooms and forums out there. This one seems safe.

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Betrayal Trauma is run by Jennifer Freyd, a professor at the University of Oregon, with psychology articles and links to other sites on memory and trauma.


SelfGrowth.com is a large site devoted to information about Self-Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help. It is an organized directory with articles and links to thousands of other web sites.
  Jim Hopper of Harvard University has a website with statistics about abuse and extensive writing on recovered memories.

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Here's another site on People Search with many resources on abuse, how to recognize it and stop it.
  Some Florida lawyers put together a site about child and domestic abuse, with tips on recognizing the signs andprevention tips.
  The Good Men Project has a fine article on How to talk to your child about consent and saying no.

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