Sexual Trauma: Rape, Sexual Assault & Abuse

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"The Wisdom of 5 Messengers: Learning to Follow the Guidance of Feelings"

I educate all of my clients, especially trauma survivors, to learn to listen to their bodies, emotions and instincts. This book educates readers all about the importance of your emotions and being able to reconnect with your innate instincts and inner wisdom. It is a very important book for learning to "really" heal and growth.

"Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, & Other Sex Offenders Who They are, How they Operate, and How We can Protect Ourselves and Our Children"

Anna Salter is one of the leading experts in understanding and treating sexual offenders. This is an important book for anyone interested in learning more about predators. Helpful for people trying to understand their own perpetrators. I highly recommend any book Anna Salter writes.

Books of Interest for:


"Hours of Torture, Years of Silence"

A first person account of what a woman goes through after being raped. This book illustrates through the author's experience through the healing process.

"Surviving the Silence: Black Women's Stories of Rape"

An excellent book for African American women and all women about the realities of sexual assault.


An important first person account of rape and coming to terms with being a survivor or rape.

"After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back"

A first person account of surviving rape and healing the trauma.


Alice Sebold writes about her personal journey of being raped. Also see "The Lovely Bones" - a story of a girl who was abducted, raped and killed.

"Women-to-Women Sexual Violence"

Critical as this topic is usually ignored by society and certainly isn't prosecuted.

"The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-by-Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault"

Excellent book for helping women who have been raped. Book specific to women.



Healing from Sexual Abuse/Rape

"I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse"

An informative book aimed at helping women who have been sexually assaulted or abused go through the healing process.

"How Long Does it Hurt?"

A book written for teens who are survivors of sexual abuse. Elaina Gil is one of my favorite authors for books about healing from abuse.


"Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for Adults Abused as Children"

This author is one of my favorites! This is one of the most recommended books in the field! Highly recommend it!

"The Courage to Heal" - Book

This book is often recommended by therapists for survivors of sexual abuse. It is an excellent place to start when you are trying to come to terms with sexual abuse. Males & Females.

"The Courage to Heal Workbook"

The workbook has many exercises to help you through the healing process from sexual abuse/assault.

Males & Females

"Adult Children of Abusive Parents: A Healing Program for Those who Have Been Physically, Sexually or Emotionally Abused"

A truly excellent resource for adult children of abusive parents. I highly recommend this book!

"Beginning to Heal"

Wonderful book for men and women who were sexually abused as children. Great place to start as you begin your healing journey!

"I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse"

First hand accounts by survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Great way to learn about yourself through learning from others. 

"The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse"

Self-help book about healing after sexual abuse.


"The Me Nobody Knows"

A book about sexual abuse and healing written especially for teens. Great book!


"When Survivors Give Birth"

Only book of its kind I've seen. Really important book!

  "The Survivor's Guide to Sex"

Specifically written for sexual abuse survivors. This is a very important book!

"Trauma and Sexuality: The Effects of Childhood Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse on Sexual Identity and Behavior"

Very important new book! A must read! This book is for all survivors!

"The Lovely Bones"

A fictional account about a family whose little girl was kidnapped, raped and killed. Wonderful book!


This is a book about a teenaged girl who cuts. It is a great book for teens who cut themselves. They really relate to it!

***Also look in the Trauma section for additional helpful books!***

Male Survivors

"Victims No Longer"

This book is considered a leader and a classic in books about sexually abused boys. Great book!

"Betrayed as Boys"

Richard Gardtner is considered a leader in this field. Also an excellent book!

"Male Victims of Same-Sex Abuse: Addressing Their Sexual Response"

Vitally important book for male survivors!

"Male on Male Rape: The Hidden Toll of Stigma and Shame"

Great book for men who have been raped. A topic that is so often ignored in society.

"Male Victims of Sexual Assault"

Another good book for male survivors.

"Mother-Son Incest"

It is amazing to me that this is the only book I could find on this subject. We have a long ways to go.

"Running with Scissors: A Memoir"

An amazing book about growing up in a household with no rules. Often people don't identify this type of abuse. Even more importantly is the description of being sexually abused by a male and it being overlooked! Important to consider especially for gay male readers. Great book!

"In the Shadow of the Cross"

First hand account of a man sexually abused by his Catholic priest throughout his childhood. Important book.


Emotional Incest Syndrome

"Silently Seduced: When Parents Make Their Children Partners - Understanding Covert Incest"

This book deals with the topic if "emotional incest" - when a parent uses a child as a substitute spouse. Important book for anyone whose parent's love felt smothering, demanding and intrusive.

"The Emotional Incest Syndrome: What to do When a Parent's Love Rules Your Life"

Another important book about parents who substitutes a parent-child relationship for a spouse.



"Father Daughter Incest"

This author is one of the leading authorities on sexual abuse and trauma. You will gain more insights from this book than almost any other!

"Mother-Daughter Incest"

This book is a guide for helping professionals but would be helpful to survivors too as this is not a subject often written about.

"The Deepest Wound: How a Journey to El Salvador Led to Healing from Mother-Daughter Incest"

Amazing book! Must read for survivors!

"Sibling Abuse: Hidden Physical, Emotional and Sexual Trauma"

One of a very few books written on this important subject. 

"Not Child's Play: An Anthology on Brother-Sister Incest"

Stories of sibling incest. Individual stories written by survivors of incest.

"Secret Survivors: Uncovering Incest and Its Aftereffects in Women"

Book written for female survivors of incest. A bit outdated but continues to be a useful read.

"Bastard Out of Carolina"

A Must Read account of the author's life being abused by her mother's boyfriend and her experience of sexual abuse. Important Book! 



Teen Survivors

"The Me Nobody Knows"

A book about sexual abuse and healing written especially for teens. Great book!



"How Long Does it Hurt?"

A book written for teens who are survivors of sexual abuse. Elaina Gil is one of my favorite authors for books about healing from abuse.



This is a book about a teenaged girl who cuts. It is a great book for teens who cut themselves. They really relate to it!

"A Child Called 'It'"

A well known first person of neglect, emotional and physical abuse.

"The Lost Boy"

Sequel to "A Child Called It." A book about a child's life in foster care.

"You Don't Know Me"

A 14 year old boy's story of abuse by his mother's boyfriend.


For Partners and Significant Others

"Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love was Sexually Abused as a Child"

There are very few books written for partners of childhood sexual abuse survivors. This is critical for partners, male and female.

"What About Me? A Guide for Men Helping Female Partners Deal with Childhood Sexual Abuse"

One of the very few books written specifically for men.

"Ghosts in the Bedroom: A Guide for Partners of Incest Survivors"

Another good book for partners of an incest survivor.

"Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them"

The focus of this book is on relationships impacted by trauma for one or both partners. Very important book.

"Outgrowing the Pain Together"

A complimentary book to "Outgrowing the Pain." This book is for partners of adult child abuse survivors. Very good resource.