Resources for Abuse Survivors


Brochure on Recovering from Sexual Assault from the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network:

National Sexual Violence Resource Center:

Stalking Resource Center:

Male Survivor: Overcoming Sexual Victimization of Men and Boys:

101 Resources for Domestic Violence Prevention:

Emotional and Psychological Trauma:

Interactive Online Program to Help Students Deal with Traumatic Events:



Bass, E. & Davis, L. (2008). The courage to heal: A guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse 4th Edition. New York: Harper & Row.

This is a classic and well-known resource that follows a similar model as The courage to heal workbook (Davis, 1990) as it is written by one of the same authors. This book has less workbook-type activities but it does have some guided journaling. It may be useful to have the client read this book and then work with the workbook exercises in counseling sessions. What is unique to this book is that it provides helpful biographies of survivors that might be helpful for clients seeking role models; however the biographies can also be difficult and possibly painful to read, especially for more fragile survivors. This book also has a chapter addressing the controversy regarding the recovery of memories and the best and most comprehensive guide to resources for survivors and their allies.

Davis, L. (1990). The courage to heal workbook: A guide for women and men survivors of child sexual abuse. New York: Harper & Row.

This resource guides the reader through exercises to promote acceptance and healing of sexual abuse experiences. It has many excellent activities that can also be used in counseling sessions. The workbook first starts by teaching coping skills to support the client in her/his healing work. The book then leads the client through activities designed to remember the abuse; identify the effects of the abuse; work through grief, anger and shame; and move towards self-trust and resolution. The workbook also addresses survivor issues such as sharing their story, confrontation and creating a healthy sexual relationship.  This resource can be used in conjunction with readings from The courage to heal (Bass & Davis, 1992).


Davis, L. (1991). Allies in healing: When the person you love was sexually abused as a child. New York: Harper Perennial.

Ledray, L. (1986). Recovering from Rape. New York: H. Holt.


Maltz, W. (1991). The sexual healing journey: A guide for survivors of sexual abuse. New York: Harper Perennial.


Walker, L.E. (1979). The Battered Woman. New York: Harper & Row.


Warshaw, R. (1988). I never called it rape: The Ms. report on recognizing, fighting and surviving date and acquaintance rape. New York: Harper & Row.



Gameday Butterflies

As eluded to in our About Us section, our meeting each other was somewhat of a collision. We are all connected in various ways, but until very recently had never spent time with each other. It feels providential then, a term we all use lightly, to be brought together at this place and time. As women connected to the Baylor community we have been heartbroken by the stories of survivors of sexual assault on campus. As ministers, the best response we know is to point others to God, to educate the church, and to offer space for grief, sorrow, anger, and the like.

We have chosen the medium of liturgy to accomplish our goals. We are all profoundly shaped by liturgy, and believe in the power of the communal experience. We have carefully crafted, the best of our ability, a responsive experience for church services, small groups, and personal reflection. We have agonized over every word, every connotation, and yet we know there is a possibility we have unintentionally caused harm. We prayerfully move forward, with all the courage we can muster, humbly offering this resource to our community.