BOOKS FOR SURVIVORS Breaking Free, help for survivors of child sexual abuse By Carolyn Ainscough & Kay Toon This manual is designed to help survivors of child sexual abuse. It updates the first edition, and investigates all the effects of child sexual abuse, which often persist into adult life – guilt and shame, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, […]

BOOKS FOR SURVIVORS

Breaking Free, help for survivors of child sexual abuse
By Carolyn Ainscough & Kay Toon

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This manual is designed to help survivors of child sexual abuse. It updates the first edition, and investigates all the effects of child sexual abuse, which often persist into adult life – guilt and shame, depression and anxiety, eating disorders, fear of relationships and sexual problems. It includes discussion of false memory syndrome and female abusers, and draws on accounts of survivors who want their voices to be heard, offering a positive and optimistic approach to help survivors break free from the past.

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Healing from Trauma: A Survivor’s Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life
By Jasmin Lee Cori, Robert Scaer, Da Capo Press

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
By van der Kolk MD, Bessel

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Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
By Judith Herman

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Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Midwifery Practice: CSA Birth, and Powerlessness
By Lis Garratt

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Many midwives will care for women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), whether these women disclose this or not. Pregnant and birthing women commonly experience their bodies becoming ‘public property’, a variety of sometimes intimate medical procedures, and limited choices on whe#”>re and how care is provided. For CSA survivors, who have suffered loss of ownership over their bodies as children and may experience recurring feelings of powerlessness and loss of control, these factors can combine with impersonal and medicalised settings and practices to deeply traumatic effect. Many midwives also experience powerlessness and loss of control as professionals as a result of these same settings and practices, and those midwives who are themselves CSA survivors bring a particularly acute awareness of this and of the needs of survivor mothers. This unique study sets out to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of these mothers by exploring them alongside the parallel experiences of survivor midwives.

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When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Childhood Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman
By Penny Simkin

When Survivors Give Birth provides survivors and their maternity caregivers with extensive information on the prevalence and short- and long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse, emphasizing its possible impact on childbearing women. Challenges in the client-caregiver relationship are thoroughly portrayed, with much practical advice for improving trust and communication as well as self-help techniques to handle abuse-related distress. Chapters on birth counseling, psychotherapy, and clinical care of survivors make this book a useful resource for survivors and all who work with them.


From Sorrow to Saphires
By Angela Williams

Angela Williams truly breaks the silence in her courageous account of her incredible journey to freedom from the shame of childhood sexual abuse. The raw honesty of her incredible life story provides a platform for healing and a voice for those who have been silenced within the stronghold of “Unspeakable.” The tender compassion and forgiveness found within these pages will leave you inspired and encouraged.

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The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse (third edition)
By Wendy Maltz

Originally published two decades ago, The Sexual Healing Journey is a highly respected resource for understanding and healing the intimate sexual problems caused by sex abuse. Compassionate and enduring, this guide presents a comprehensive program for healing that combines expert clinical advice with innovative exercises, steadfast techniques, and deeply moving stories of individuals who have overcome the challenges of sexual abuse to reclaim sex as safe, loving and enjoyable.

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The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step by Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault
By Aphrodite Matsakis Phd

Survivors of sexual assault often suffer from symptoms of depression, substance abuse, an eating disorder, panic and anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Rape Recovery Handbook provides an effective framework to help survivors through their healing. Healing begins by establishing a safety plan that includes how to use this book and what to expect from recovery and the aftermath of conflicting and debilitating feelings.

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The Courage to Heal: The Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
By Ellen Bass and Lauren Davis

The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her. Weaving together personal experience with professional knowledge, the authors provide clear explanations, practical suggestions, and support throughout the healing process. Readers will feel recognized and encouraged by hundreds of moving first-person stories drawn from interviews and the authors’ extensive work with survivors around the world.

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The Courage to Heal: The Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
By Staci Haines & Traci Odem

The first encouraging, sex-positive guide for all women survivors of sexual assault who want to reclaim their sex lives. While most books on the topic broach sexuality only to reassure women that it is all right to say “no” to unwanted sex, Healing Sex encourages women to learn how to say “yes” — to their own desires and on their own terms. This mind-body approach to healing from sexual trauma was created by Staci Haines, who has been educating in the area of sexual abuse, sex education, and somatic healing for over 15 years. Her techniques are ideal for anyone looking for a new way to heal from trauma, beyond traditional talk therapy.

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