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Books on Healing


Bass, E. & Davis L. (1994). The courage to heal: A guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse. NY: Harper Collins Publishers. 585p. see also: work book, Find this in a library

Review: "The courage to heal: A guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse (3rd edition) is an invaluable resource when working with female, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This book takes various therapeutic factors into account such as universality and instillation of hope. These factors are very important in psychotherapy in general, but when it comes to working with survivors of sexual abuse, these factors become absolutely crucial. Bass and Davis’ approach to the book offers hope to readers and assists them in the healing process."


Blume, E. S. (1990). Secret Survivors: Uncovering Incest and its Aftereffects in Women. New York: Wiley and Sons. Find this in a library

Review: "A resource of excellent caliber...Highly recommended for those who suspect that they are unconscious survivors of abuse and especially for therapists to dig into the darkest shadow part of human existence."


Maltz, W. (2001). The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Assault (pp 53) Harper NY: Collins Publishers. Find this in a library

Review: "Maltz, author of Incest and Sexuality (Lexington: Macmillan, 1986) offers this how-to, personal therapy book written in the form of an informative if somewhat repetitive case study. She gives concrete details on what constitutes abuse and shatters the myths surrounding double standards (e.g., actor Don Johnson being seduced by a female babysitter when he was 12 constitutes abuse, yet this "older woman on younger boy" style of abuse is sometimes written off). In addition to identifying the many types of abuse, Maltz demonstrates how abuse may get buried in a victim's unconscious mind and subsequently cause sexual dysfunction." Michael Tierno, "Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality"


Matsakis, A. (1996). I Can't Get Over It. Oakland, CA : New Harbinger Publications. Find this in a library

"This is the first book to guide trauma survivors through the healing process one step at a time. It helps readers cope with memories and emotions, explains secondary wounding, and identifies the triggers that reactivate traumatic stress. Written for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their families."


De Becker, G. (1997). The Gift of Fear. NY: Bantam Doubleday. Find this in a library

Review: "Perhaps we have a bad feeling about someone we've just met, or a little gnawing perception that a situation just doesn't "feel right," or perhaps even a fear that a co-worker might do something harmful. What de Becker, renowned expert on violent behavior, explains here is that instead of shrugging off these fears, we need to listen to them, see why we're having them, and act accordingly. Far from being silly intuitions, often these can truly show when something is wrong and violence might be imminent; if listened to, along with information about how violent people behave, these feelings might protect us from harm."


Allen, J. (1999). Coping with Trauma: The Guide to Self-Understanding. USA : American Psychiatric Association. Find this in a library

Review: "Dr. Allen has written a much-needed 'primer' for trauma that is not only scientifically well grounded and informative, but also eminently readable. He has researched the material thoroughly and organized his presentation in such a manner as to appeal to a diverse audience including survivors of traumatic stress, as well as mental health professionals."- Sharon Wills, M.Ed., and Jean M. Goodwin, M.P.H., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX."

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Guide to self help books for rape survivors

I know it's very difficult for survivors to concentrate on reading when they are in crisis. From personal experience I have found it much more effective to listen to books on tape. The site below allows you to order tapes online. You can also find audio books at your local library for free.

Guide to audio books you can order online

Audio books for survivors - Just enter the term rape into the search box and press enter. You can download samples.

Books and reading material


Books available at UNC Chapel Hill are listed below

I have provided quotes from some of the texts available to give the general tone of the work.


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

Location: Davis HV6250.4.W65 L42 1986

UL HV6250.4.W65 L42 1986

“For generations women have been socialized to defer their worth, power, and authority to men…” Find this in a library


Ganim, B. (1999). Art and healing : using expressive art to heal your body, mind, and spirit. New York : Three Rivers Press.

Davis RC489.A7 G36 1999

This book explains art therapy and how it can aid in the healing process. Find this in a library


Care and treatment for rape victims

Pearson, N., Pagaduan-Lopes, J. & Cunningham, M. (1998). Recipes for healing : gender-sensitive care for women survivors of torture. Quezon City: University of the Philippines.

Davis HV6250.4.W65 R42 1998

Innovative research and practices related to women torture and trauma survivors. It has beautiful illustrations and meditations.
Find this in a library


Schnicke, M. & Resick, P. (1993). Cognitive processing therapy for rape victims : a treatment manual. Newbury Park, Calif.: Sage Publications.

Davis RC560.R36 R47 1993

This manual is a session by session outline of what should take place in therapy for a rape victim. It lists skills to be taught, issues to be discussed, and homework to be assigned. It would be very useful to rape survivors in understanding the therapy process.
Introductory quote:
“Rape is a crime against sleep and memory; it’s afterimage imprints itself like an irreversible negative from the camera obscura of dreams… Violence sends deep roots into the heart; it has no seasons; it is always ripe, evergreen.”
Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
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Political issues regarding sexual assault

Lalumiere, M., Harris, G., Quinsey, V. & Rice, M. (2005). The causes of rape : Understanding individual differences in male propensity for sexual aggression 1st ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

HV6558 .C38 2005 Davis - review

General background on the subject (the history of rape) as well as identifying and making sense of individual differences and Implications. This text covers the rape of Nanking and the Russian use of rape in Berlin as a matter of policy. It also dicusses the relationship of pornography with rape. Find this in a library


Girshick, L. (2002). Woman-to-woman sexual violence : does she call it rape? . Boston: Northeastern University Press.

Davis HQ75.5 .G56 2002

This book deals with a topic relatively new in the arena of sexual violence: Sexually abused lesbians and violence in the lesbian community. Find this in a library


Bergen, R. (1998). Issues in intimate violence. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Davis HN90.V5 I77 1998

This book deals with Violence, Family violence, Sex crimes and Child sexual abuse. Find this in a library


Kroeger, C. & Beck, J. (1996). Women, abuse, and the Bible : how Scripture can be used to hurt or to help. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books.

Davis BS680.W7 W54 1996

This book addresses the role religious beliefs play in the lives of victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse and domestic violence. “As I have listened to people in my clinical practice and interviewed hundreds of others for various research projects, I have come to identify certain religious beliefs that I believe are related to the abuse of women.” Find this in a library


Bevacqua, M. (2000). Rape on the public agenda : feminism and the politics of sexual assualt. Boston: Northeastern University Press.

DavisHV6561 .B49 2000

This book deals with Rape, Feminism, and the anti-rape movement. Find this in a library


Buchwald, E., Fletcher, P. & Roth, M. (1993). Transforming a rape culture. Minneapolis, MN : Milkweed Editions.

Davis HV6556 .T73 1993

This book is an analysis of the following:
What is a rape culture? It is a complex of beliefs that encourages male sexual aggression and supports violence against women.
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