Suggested Reading List for Survivors

Ainscough, Carolyn & Toon, Kay  Breaking Free  (2000) Sheldon

ISBN: 0859698106

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.
Angelou, Maya  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  (1984)  Virago

ISBN: 086068511X

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.
Bass, Ellen & Davis, Laura.  Beginning to Heal  (1999) Vermilion

ISBN: 0091823382

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.
Bass, Ellen & Davis, Laura   The Courage to Heal  (1992) Hutchinson

ISBN: 0749309385

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.
Davis, Laura   Allies in Healing  (1993) HarperPerennial

ISBN: 0060968834

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.
Davis, Laura  The Courage to Heal Workbook  (1990)  HarperPerennial

ISBN: 0060964375

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. 
Hall, Liz & Lloyd, Siobhan  Surviving Child Sexual Abuse  (1993)  Routledge Palmer

ISBN: 0750701536

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.
Parks, Penny  Rescuing the “Inner Child” – Therapy for Adults Sexually Abused as Children (1994)  Souvenir Press Ltd

ISBN: 0285650890

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.
Hay, Louise L  You Can Heal Your Life  (1995)  Eden Grove Editions

ISBN: 1870845013

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.

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