Resources for Survivors
of Child Sexual Abuse

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These resources are intended for adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and are seeking support.

Whether you identify as a victim, survivor, or as someone working through the trauma of sexual abuse, know that you are not alone, you are not to blame for what happened, and support is available to help you on your journey to healing.  

One quick note. Every individual is unique; if working with a particular therapist or peer-support group doesn’t seem to be helping, don’t be discouraged. It may simply be that that particular resource is not a good fit for you. Reach out and explore other supports.

For people looking for information on how to support a survivor, many of the below resources include information on how to do that. In particular RAINN’s “How to respond to a survivor“, and 1 in 6’s “Common Questions” page for family member(s) or friend(s) of a male survivor can help guide you.  

This short list of selected resources is followed by an additional listing of over 60 online support sites that have been developed by survivors, survivor groups, and organizations. The listing is provided as a public service. MassKids and the Enough Abuse Campaign are not responsible for the quality of any information or services provided by the organizations and support services listed. Please contact us at info@masskids.org to add or update resources on this listing. 

Survivor Support Resources
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For men whose lives have been disrupted by unwanted or abusive sexual experiences, working through it can help turn things around. One in six men have been sexually abused. The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. 

1in6 offers community and information about recovery for men who have had past sexual experiences that may have caused a variety of problems, long after they happened – whether the label “survivor” or “victim” resonates or not. Free an anonymous online peer support groups are available, check here to see the schedule. Online chat support is also available 24/7 for crusis intervention and support, to answer questions about recovering from sexual abuse, to provide information about medical, emotional and behavioral issues related to unwanted or abusive experiencse, explanations of the criminal justice system, ane what you might expect if you report the abuse or assault, referrals to resources in you area (when available), and finally information for family and friends. 

Website: 1in6.org

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After Silence is designed to help victims become survivors, and communicate in the recovery of sexual violence. Our mission is to support, empower, validate, and educate survivors, as well as their families and supporters. The core of our organization is a support group, message board, and chat room where victims and survivors come together online in a mutually supportive and safe environment.

If you have been a victim of rape, date rape, sexual abuse, incest, sexual assault, marital rape, childhood sexual abuse, or molestation please know that you did nothing wrong and you are not to blame. In our online support group and forums you can share your story, feelings, fears, doubts, and receive support from fellow survivors who are experiencing similar emotions. Here you may speak freely without identifying yourself.

Website: aftersilence.org

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Nuestra organización está diseñada para ayudar a las víctimas a convertirse en sobrevivientes y comunicar su recuperación de la violencia sexual. Nuestra misión es apoyar, validar, enaltecer y educar a los sobrevivientes, así como a su familia y a las personas que los apoyan. La parte esencial de nuestra organización es el grupo de apoyo, el pizarrón de mensajes y la sala para platicar donde las víctimas y los sobrevivientes se reúnen en línea, creando un ambiente de mutua ayuda y sintiéndose a salvo.

Si has sido víctima de violación, violación en una cita, abuso sexual, incesto, asalto sexual, violación marital, abuso sexual de niño, o estupro, por favor debes saber que no hiciste nada malo y tú no eres el culpable. En nuestro grupo de apoyo en línea y foros puedes compartir tu historia, tus sentimientos, miedos, dudas y recibir el apoyo de personas que son sobrevivientes y que experimentan emociones similares. Aquí puedes hablar libremente sin tener que identificarte.

exit_to_app American Psychological Association Practice Organization

This Psychologist Locator search will help you find practicing psychologists in your area; in addition, you can narrow your search to psychologists within an area of specialization, and who focus on serving children, teens, adults, and/or seniors. 

Website: locator.apa.org

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The Army of Survivors is the only national organization advocating for and supporting child athlete survivors of sexual violence. Research indicate that 13% of student athletes are victims of sexual assault through their participation in sport. This translates to at least 5.91 million survivors in the United States alone. The organization was created by a group of more than 40 survivors of sexual violence. who as athletes competed at all levels of gymnastics, diving, running, softball, volleyball, and more. Its goal is to end sexual assault against young athletes by ensuring perpetrators and enablers are held accountable, creating transparency in reporting, building an environment in which athletes do not fear retaliation when reporting abuse, and advocating for change to protect survivors.

Website: https://thearmyofsurvivors.org/

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The Brave Movement is a powerful and global survivor-centered movement to end childhood sexual violence in our country and around the globe. The Brave Movement was launched in February 2022, to demand bold and transformative action from leaders of governments and institutions around the globe to support the rapid scaling up of comprehensive programs of prevention, healing and justice. Supporters can join the movement via the email sign up and choose from a range of actions, including signing petitions and writing to U.S. elected officials to urge their support of the U.S. National Blueprint to End Sexual Violence Against Children and Adolescents.  

Website: bravemovement.org

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Every victim of childhood sexual abuse deserves the right to live a healthy and joyful life. “Our ultimate goal is to have happy, stable, healthy adults, and that begins with having happy, stable, healthy children, children who have been protected from any possible predator and who are being raised in a healthy family system.”

The Lamplighter Movement is an international movement for incest and child sexual abuse recovery. Founded by Marjorie McKinnon, author of the book “Repair Your Life: A Program for Recovery from Incest and Childhood Sexual Abuse”, the Lamplighter Movement has grown into a community with the goal of providing peer support and a safe space for survivors on the road to recovery. 

Chapters are located in many states in the U.S. as well as internationally, and information is available for starting a chapter in your area. 

Website: thelamplighters.org

exit_to_app Male Survivor 

Through informational programs and services, Male Survivor also helps the public and the media to recognize and understand males who have been sexually abused, and most important, promotes the actions we all can take to confront and fight the realities, and destroy the myths, of male sexual abuse.

Resources are available for survivors as well as online discussion boards, chat rooms, and events. Male Survivor also provides some guidance and referrals to find support groups and therapists across the US although they do not provide crisis servcies or intervention. 

Website: malesurvivor.org/

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Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. It also operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Among their many excellent resources they provide information about recovery – how therapy can help, how to plan for your safety, self-care after trauma and more. Furthermore, they also provide some information for loved ones on how to help support you and/or other survivors in recovery. 

When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), trained staff can provide confidential support and route you to a local sexual assault service provider in your area. . If you  prefer an online hotline, you can also Chat one-on-one confidentially and anonymously with a support specialist, any time 24/7. RAINN does not log IP addresses or save chat transcripts.

Website: www.rainn.org/recovering-sexual-violence

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La Sala de Ayuda – Converse con otros sobrevivientes del asalto sexual en un espacio seguro y confidencial entre las 7 p.m a 9 p.m. tiempo del este, todos los Miércoles y Sábado.

Línea de Ayuda Online – RAINN ofrece apoyo gratuito las 24 horas al día, 7 días por semana para los sobrevivientes de la violencia sexual y sus seres queridos.

Website: rainn.org/es

exit_to_app Rode to Recovery, Inc.

Launched in 2005, Road to Recovery offers compassionate counseling and referral services to survivors of sexual abuse and their families. It is  dedicated to: providing direct and indirect services to victims of abuse; increasing public awareness of the issues connected to sexual abuse; advocating on behalf of abuse victims; and promoting healing of victims and their families.  It is available to assist survivors in emergency situations who need help immediately by calling or texting  862-368-2800, 24/7 or by sending a message on the group’s website.

Website: https://www.road-to-recovery.org

exit_to_app SNAP – Survivors Network of those Abused By Priests

With over 25,000 members, SNAP is the oldest, largest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious and institutional authorities – priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others. It is an independent, peer network of survivors who support other survivors through conversations, email and general support through its hotline at  1-877-SNAP-HEALS (1-877-762-7432).  SNAP hosts support groups for survivors that meet in over 60 cities across the U.S. and in several countries. Over one hundred volunteer local SNAP leaders provide day to day and one on one support.. SNAP advocates for stronger laws to protect children and the vulnerable. and works to reform  statute of limitation laws that limit criminal prosecution and civil responsibility for abusers.

Website: https://www.snapnetwork.org/about

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Saprea, formerly known as The Younique Foundation, is a public charity focused on creating a world free from child sexual abuse through prevention and healing resources. Saprea works to spread awareness about child sexual abuse and provide prevention tools and strategies that caregivers can use to reduce the risk of abuse. They also provide healing services to survivors of child sexual abuse through online materials, support groups, and a free four day in-person retreat known as the Saprea Retreat. These resources are available to help survivors better cope with the trauma symptoms they experience, manage triggers, redirect unhelpful thoughts, develop self-compassion and understanding, thrive in the present, and gain a community of supporters. 

Website: https://saprea.org

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“Our mission is to help every survivor be their own greatest success in life; to give every survivor the strength and power to battle their life’s hardships. Our mission is to offer solidarity and kinship in every survivor’s hour of need; to make the lonely survivor a thing of the past. We work to dispel myths and increase education of the facts about abuse and rape worldwide.”

Survivors Chat is a community of survivors of rape, incest, and abuse whether sexual, physical, emotional, mental, psychological, verbal, RA [ritual abuse] or SRA [satanic ritual abuse]. The community is DID-friendly and alters (whether adults or “littles”) are welcome. The goal is to create a welcoming, safe, and comforting environment for survivors to share their feelings, be heard, and be accepted. 

Website: survivorschat.com

exit_to_app Stop It Now!

Stop it Now! provides free, confidential, and direct support and information to individuals with questions or concerns about child sexual abuse. Anyone concerned about child sexual abuse can reach out to the national prevention Helpline (1.888.PREVENT), email, and chat services, an interactive Online Help Center, and the “Ask Now!” advice column.” Helpline call hours:  Monday 12pm-8pm EST; Tuesday 12pm-6pm EST; Wednesday 12pm-6pm EST; Thursday 10am-6pm EST; Friday 12pm-6pm EST. 

Website: stopitnow.org

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Sparking stories from lives affected by incest and sexual abuse to be told and heard. Survivor Donna Jensen leads writing circles for survivors and coaches them to tell their stories.

Website: timetotell.org


Additional Online Support Services for Survivors

A Life Restored – A blog offering encouragement and information to survivors.

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse – Provides information, materials and on-line e-meeting for Individual and group support program for adult survivors of physical, sexual or emotional child abuse or neglect.

Art of Healing – Established artist, Linda Ness, shares her many paintings about her journey of recovery.

Askios – Self-help group for women survivors of incest providing online information and support via website, message board and email.

Aurora Health Foundation – A registered charity in the UK specializing in holistic therapy services.

Beautiful Warrior – Works to inspire and convey the message of the human spirit to overcome obstacles, the beauty of nature, and God’s healing love.

Becoming Gold – Virtual support network for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, that encourages balance to the healing process through creativity, education and support.

The Black Sheep Chronicles – Adult incest survivor’s experiences with the aftermath of incest and how and why it affected her relationships with her entire family.

Breaking the Silence – link to book by author/counselor Terri White; survivors can follow Terri through her journey and utilize her tips for healing.

Butterfly Gardens – A site dedicated to victims/survivors of sexual abuse and incest.

Chasing The Wind – Poetry on sexual and physical abuse by a proud survivor

Echoes – Created for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Includes a personal story, articles, poems, and links.

Encouragement for Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors – A site for those who have been sexually abused.

Fort Refuge – Supporting community for survivers of all types of abuse including Child abuse, incest, rape, ritual abuse, psychological and verbal abuse.

Gift From Within – A non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer from PTSD

Healing Broken Angels – Information and help for survivors of sexual assault and rape.

Healing Broken Men – A website offering resources and workshops for men healing from the effects of sexual abuse.

The Hope of Survivors – Provides support, hope and encouragement for vicitms of clergy sexual abuse and misconduct.

I Forgive You Daddy – A blog where survivors can share their story with other survivors.

Incest AWARE – Incest AWARE is a comprehensive resource for those seeking information, resources, and support, devoted exclusively to the topic of incest to shine a light on the most hidden form of sexual abuse. It is a reminder to survivors that they are not alone, and inspires advocates to more vigorously push for societal change.

Inscriptions of Hope – Newsletter of writings from survivors of childhood abuse.

Isurvive.org– A non-profit online community center for abuse survivors providing anonymous discussions boards, chat rooms and other resources.

It Happened to Alexa Foundation – A resource for victims of sexual assault to receive money to ease the burden of attending a criminal trial.

Jane Rowan – Jane shares her experience of healing from childhood sexual abuse.

Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project – A resource for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the form of forums, chat rooms, help and advice.

The Lost Sparrow Movie-– Documentary about the effects of CSA and how it shattered one man’s family.

Mothers* of Adults Survivors of Incest and Sexual Abuse (M*OASIS) – Breaking the stigma and shame of incest and childhood sexual abuse by offering resources and a place of refuge *for anyone supporting an adult survivor (not just mothers!).

The Mighty Phoenix – Offers survivors of sexual abuse information to help the healing process.

My Twisted Sukha – This site deals with the effects of sexual abuse by a female perpetrator.

National Association for People Abused in Childhood ( NAPAC) – NAPAC is a registered charity, which has been set up as a result of a key recommendation by the National Commission of Inquiry into the Prevention of Child Abuse.

National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1.800.656.HOPE

Netter’s Place – Abuse Survivor Links – Offers links to different sites for abuse survivors seeking support and self help.

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault – Provides links and information for support groups throughout the state of New Jersey

Off My Knees – A blog to help promote supportive conversation between victims and their families.

Our Writes – A forum where survivors can gather to find support and understanding amongst other survivors.

Pagan Survivors of Sexual Assault – A Yahoo! group for membership to pagans, witches, and wiccan wanderers who are survivors of sexual assault or are friends and family members of pagan survivors of sexual assault.

Pandora’s Aquarium – A non-profit registered charitable organization that provides a message board, information and chat room for survivors and their supporters.

Partners of Adults Sexually Abused as Children – Peer support for partners of adults sexually abused as children.

Peaceful Haven – A personal experience of emotional, mental and sexual abuse.

Pressing On… – A site dedicated to the survivors of sexual abuse and incest. Provides practical info about sexual abuse, self-injury, eating disorders, quotes and fun links to nurture the child within.

Prysmstar – Survivor’s story, message board, poetry and links to other resources.

Ritual Abuse, Ritual Crime and Healing – Provides information and resources for survivors and therapists about ritual abuse.

Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) – An organization that promotes research to identify sexual violence as a global public health problem.

Speaking Truth In Love – A religious site offering support and prayer for survivors.

The Spiritual Catalyst – Teal Swan’s website about energy and how to heal using that energy. Features Q&A, Poetry, Teachings, and Publications.

Support for Partners – Support and information for partners of an adult survivor of child sex abuse.

Survive – Survive is a registered voluntary organization that provides support and help to survivors of child sexual abuse.

Surviving by Grace – A survivor blog that provides inspiration and resources.

Surviving Spirit – An organization that provides hope, healing, and help through creative expression.

Survivor Manual– Resources on healing and recovery.

Survivors and Families Forum – Offers articles, books, and forum resources for survivors and their families.

The Survivor’s Forum – A support forum for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous – Provides support and resources for anyone who has been affected by child sexual abuse.

Survivors UK – Provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused.

Tamar’s Voice – This non-profit organization offers help and support for victims of sexual abuse by clergy.

WCSAP – A site that provides information and tools to get help after sexual assault.

We Are Survivors – A website that provides a platform for information about how adult survivors can cope with the effects of their trauma.

Whitedoves Nest – A site dedicated to sexual abuse survivors and their supporters. Share your story, poetry, art, and tips on recovery.