Suggested Reading List for Survivors

Breaking Free

Carolyn Ainscough & Kay Toon

A manual designed to help survivors of child sexual abuse. It investigates the effects of child sexual abuse which often persist into adult life, and draws on accounts of survivors who want their voices to be heard. It offers an optimistic approach to help survivors break free from the past.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

This is the first of Maya Angelou’s five volumes of autobiography, in which she evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930’s. She learns the power of a white skin and suffers the trauma of rape by her mother’s lover.

Beginning to Heal

Ellen Bass & Laura Davis

This work aims to offer hope, support and guidance by taking the reader through the journey of healing, from remembering and crisis times, to breaking the silence, grief and anger, to resolution and moving on. Survivors talk about their pain, strength, and how to make it every day.

The Courage to Heal

Ellen Bass & Laura Davis

Aimed at women who have been victims of sexual abuse as children, this book offers advice on coming to terms with the past while moving positively into the future, and provides an explanation of the healing process, first-person accounts of recovery, and practical suggestions.

Allies in Healing (1993) HarperPerennial

Laura Davis

Focusing on people who were sexually abused as children, and based on interviews and her workshops for partners across the country, Laura Davis offers practical advice and encouragement to all partners.

The Courage to Heal Workbook

Laura Davis

Laura Davis offers an inspiring, in-depth workbook that speaks to all women and men healing from the effects of child sexual abuse. The combination of checklists, writing and art projects, open-ended questions and activities expertly guides the survivor through the healing process. Includes survival skills, aspects of healing and guidelines for healing sexually.

Surviving Child Sexual Abuse

Liz Hall & Siobhan Lloyd

This is the second edition of a handbook for survivors of child sexual abuse and their supporters, featuring added material on the acknowledgement of survivors’ strengths, the effect of sexual abuse on adult female sexuality and therapeutic themes.

Rescuing the “Inner Child” – Therapy for Adults Sexually Abused as Children

Penny Parks

In this important book Penny Parks describes her techniques for ‘Inner Child’ Therapy. Her aim is to get through to the hurt child at the adult’s core. Throughout the book her clients contribute their own experiences, not only of the past, but of the process of the therapy and restoration. This book lays bare the full scale of the lasting trauma that is inflicted and provides practical and sympathetic techniques to heal the wounds.

You Can Heal Your Life

Louise L Hay

With an expanded version of ‘The List’ and an enlarged edition of the appendixes, this reprint provides Louise L Hay’s positive philosophies on life. Offering practical steps for dissolving both the fears and the causations of diseases, it shares her first hand experiences about healing.

Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest and Other Sexual Child Abuse

Mike Lew

The first book written specifically for men, Victims No Longer examines the changing cultural attitudes toward male survivors of incest and other sexual trauma. This invaluable resource offers compassionate and practical advice, supported by personal anecdotes and statements of male survivors.

Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky

Aaron Fisher

Aaron Fisher was an eager and spirited eleven-year-old when legendary Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky recruited him into his Second Mile children’s charity. Offering support at a critical time in Aaron’s life, Sandusky gave him gifts and attention, winning the boy’s trust even as he isolated him from his family and peers. Before long, Sandusky’s attention escalated into sexual assault. When Aaron summoned the courage to speak up, he found himself ostracized and harassed by the very people who were supposed to protect him. The investigation set off by his coming forward would drag on for three years—and would launch the biggest scandal in the history of sports.

Breaking Free: Recognising & Surviving Controlling Behaviours (Kindle Edition)

Eva Jean

Did you know that controlling relationships are one of the biggest preventable killers of women? Every day in the UK, women are intentionally killed by a spouse or ex-spouse. Domestic violence police call-outs doubled during the recent pandemic. This is terrifying, and more needs to be done to educate ourselves, our sisters and our daughters on what constitutes abuse and control. This book can also help our sons and brothers recognise if their friends or family are being controlling. (Link:Breaking Free: Recognising & Surviving Controlling Behaviours  on Amazon)