Real Rape, Real Pain: Help for Women Sexually Assaulted by Male Partners
Patricia Easteal and Louise McOrmond-Plummer have written an internationally-focused healing/resource book for survivors of marital/partner rape, to be released in September 2006. The book is aimed at survivors, their supporters and professionals in the fields of counselling, advocacy and law.
For more information, go here. Those interested in buying the book upon release can email expressions of interest to the authors here.
I have known Louise McOrmond-Plummer for a few years now, and I strongly recommend her book to every survivor. Louise is, in fact, an amazing activist, and her efforts toward awareness on partner-rape continues to make the difference in the lives of uncountable survivors.
A collection of survivors' writings sold to benefit the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.
Through her personal diary, written during the years of her abuse, Erin Myrren shares her journey through pain and confusion to inner strength and, ultimately, forgiveness.
I hope that some of these books will be helpful while dealing with many aspects of your healing journey.
"After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back" by Nancy Venable Raine.
"After Silence is a book that dignifies the human spirit. It should be read by everyone." New York Times Book Review
(This was one of the most helpful books for me, I would strongly recommended to everyone.)
"Recovering from Rape" by Linda A. Ledray
A comprehensive handbook for rape survivors and concerned family members, friends, and lovers presents an updated format covering health issues, incest, legal information, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, treatment for sex offenders, and more.
"The Courage to Heal" by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis.
The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who, was sexually abused as a child -- and those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.
"Telling : A Memoir of Rape and Recovery" by Patricia Weaver Francisco.
Francisco was a happily married 20-something writer and assistant editor when a rapist entered her apartment while her husband was away and brutally raped her. The act itself only took moments (although he spent several hours mentally torturing her), but her recovery took years. Novelist Francisco chronicles that recovery here in a book that is personal and yet universal enough to offer hope to others who have faced similar trauma. Copyright ?999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
"Sexual Assault: Will I Ever Feel Okay Again?" by Kay Scott
"Kay Scott helps us to feel the pain, fear, shame, self-loathing and doubt, but also the courage, faith, friendship, support, and growth of her pathway through a personal hell. This is a helpful book for all parents, pastors, youth workers, and teachers to read-. All who are victimized by these violations of self bear scars that cannot be truly healed unless they gain insights contained in these pages-." Jay Kesler, President, Taylor University
"Journey to Wholeness: Healing from the Trauma of Rape" by Vicki Aranow, Monique Lang
"Someone who is raped is often victimized more than once-first by her attacker and then again by well-meaning family, friends and society at large who misunderstand the crime and cannot comprehend the invisible emotional scars. The idea for this workbook came to me during a post graduate social work course on the importance of nonverbal communication. I felt that a self-help workbook would be a non-threatening way to approach healing for victims and those close to them and/or working with them. I asked Monique Lang to develop it with me. 'Journey to Wholeness' represents a collaborative effort. It is my hope that it will become a valuable resource for all." From the Author Vicki Aranow
Books suggested by visitors of this website:
"If She Is Raped: A Guidebook for Husbands, Fathers, and Male Friends" by Alan W. McEvoy, Jeff B. Brookings, Jeff D.
"Lucky: A Memoir" by Alice Sebold
"Addressing rape as a larger social issue, Sebold's account reveals that there are clear emotional boundaries between those who have been victims of violence and those who have not, though the author attempts to blur these lines as much as possible to show that violence touches many more lives than solely the victim's." Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive" by David J. Pelzer
"This autobiographical account charts the abuse of a young boy as his alcoholic mother first isolates him from the rest of the family; then torments him; and finally nearly kills him through starvation, poisoning, and one dramatic stabbing. Pelzer's portrayal of domestic tyranny and eventual escape is unforgettable, but falls short of providing understanding of extreme abuse or how he made his journey from "Victim to Victor."
"The Hanged Man" by Francesca Lia Block
"It's the story of 17-year-old Laurel, who lives just below the famous Hollywood sign. Her mind twisted and scarred from painful childhood experiences, Laurel becomes an addict and is driven toward reckless passions and empty mirages of "love." Only when she finds the strength to confront her inner demons is she able to reach out and feel a strong, true love for others., and herself."
This site is offered for support of other survivors, it is not meant to be a substitute for any kind of professional help. I don't have any qualifications or training in therapy, I am by no means a professional. I claim no responsibility for the use of this web site, use of content, or content of any links leading from this site. If you are in a crisis situation I urge you to contact your local rape crisis center or health care professional.