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Child Sexual Abuse Survivor Resources

1. ASCA, Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse, Breaking the Silence, South Australian Branch. Pamphlet.

2. "An Open Group for Women Who are Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse" Leaflet.

3. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1988, The Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse". Harper and Row Publishers, New York. "Coping: Honouring What You Did to Survive". This section discusses the importance of honouring what you did to survive the experience of child sexual abuse. Included are details of different ways you can do this. At the end of the chapter there is an exercise for honouring yourself.

4. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1988, The Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse". Harper and Row Publishers, New York. "Remembering". This chapter talks about remembering and the different types of memories. This includes sense memory and how the body can remember experiences. There are some helpful hints concerning what can be done to ensure safety within the remembering process and some writing exercises.

5. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1988, The Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse". Harper and Row Publishers, New York. "Believing it Happened". This chapter discusses the importance of believing yourself.

6. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1988, The Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse". Harper and Row Publishers, New York. "Breaking Silence". The issue of breaking the silence is addressed and ways of doing this are presented. The chapter signifies the need to break the silence about CSA.

7. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1988, The Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse". Harper and Row Publishers, New York. "The Child Within". Getting in contact with the inner child and ways of caring for your self are the focus of this chapter.

8. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1988, The Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse". Harper and Row Publishers, New York. "Anger - The Backbone of Healing". The issue of anger is discussed, including some safe ways of expressing it.

9. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1988, The Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse". Harper and Row Publishers, New York. "Feelings". The intense feelings or a lack of feeling about the experience of child sexual abuse are mentioned. There are some exercises for getting in touch with feelings and how to cope with overwhelming feelings.

10. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1988, The Courage to Heal, A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse". Harper and Row Publishers, New York. "Children and Parenting". This chapter talks about parenting, having and not having children. There are some suggestions about talking to your children about your experience if you feel comfortable in doing so.




11. "Hope for Recovery". This section encourages survivors to continue on the road to recovery, supporting you to be patient and find hope.

12. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1990, "Understanding That it Wasn't Your Fault", In The Courage to Heal Workbook, Harper and Row Publishers, New York. A work book chapter to help work through the feelings of shame and guilt by replacing these feelings with positive ones. There is also a section on the child within, including some exercises.

13. Bass, E & Davis, L, 1990, "Building Your Support System", In The Courage to Heal Workbook, Harper and Row Publishers, New York. A comprehensive chapter on issues around building a support system and developing some strategies to build your own support system. There is also a section on therapists and therapy.

14. Child Abuse, Information for Parents and Caregivers, Child Protection Services, The Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide. Helpful information on child protection services, police, court, other agencies and surviving.

15. Child Abuse, Parent Easy Guide. Child Sexual Abuse: The Emotional Impact of CSA on Victims, First handout, This handout addresses the emotional impact of child sexual abuse and should be read together with "Indicators of Child Sexual Abuse in Women" (see below).

16. Child Sexual abuse: Indicators of Child Sexual Abuse in Women. Second handout.

17. Clancey, A, "Child Sexual Abuse: The Power Theory".

18. Appendix 1. Emetchi, J & Summerfield, C, 1986, excerpt from "Dympna House: An Analysis of a Community Based Incest Centre", Australian Institute of Criminology Conference on Child Abuse, Canberra. The handout discusses child sexual abuse within the context of the power theory. The handout helps to provide an understanding about the importance of the power imbalance within child sexual abuse situations.

19. Appendix 2. Finkelhor, D, 1986 "Child Sexual Abuse: New Theory and Research", Chapter 5, excerpt. The four preconditions to childhood sexual abuse developed by David Finkelhor are discussed in detail.

20. Carey, M, 1997, "Healing the Mother Wound", In Ed. White, C, 1997, The Personal is Professional, Dulwich Centre Publications. An interesting reflection on the concept of motherhood within our society.

21. Darlington, Y, 1996, "Impact of Sexual Abuse on Self", In Moving On. Women's Experiences of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Beyond, Federation Press, Sydney. The article talks about some impacts of child sexual abuse. The loss of a sense of self, feeling negatively about oneself, detachment, dissociation and repression of the abuse are discussed.

22. Darlington, Y, 1995, "Seeing That I Am A Person: Self and Recovery Among Women Sexually Abused as Children", Australian Social Work, September, Vol. 48, No. 3. The article discusses damage to the self as a consequence of child sexual abuse.

23. Dympna House, "Info Kit, A Booklet on Child Sexual Abuse". An information kit helping to increase awareness and understanding of child sexual abuse for survivors, workers, partners, parents and friends.

24. Galagher, V, 1991, "Becoming Whole Again, Help for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse". A story about flashbacks, followed by some ideas on how to cope and possible stimuli for flashbacks.

25. Dympna House, "In Her Own Time: A Counselling Guide for Women who Have Experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse". Dympna House Publication. A Guide for women thinking about counselling, their rights and issues to think about when looking for a counsellor.

26. "It's Not My Shame, The Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Working Party Report", February 1994. A paper about the impact of child sexual abuse on survivors own lives and their families. Including their experience of services and access to the service.

27. "It Happened To Me, Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Speak Out", Health and Community Services, 1992, November. A booklet with general information on child sexual abuse, including the voices of survivors.

28. Kelly, L, 1998, "What's in a Name?: Defining Child Sexual Abuse", Feminist Review, No 28, Spring. The author talks about the difficulties of definitions of child sexual abuse and the need for one definition which incorporates the different experiences of women and girls.

29. Myths and Facts about Child Sexual Abuse. These sheets are helpful to dispel some myths with some facts about child sexual abuse.

30. Mayer, K, "Survivors on Mothering: Triggers, Techniques and Tools". A survivor speaks about the experience of mothering and the impact that child sexual abuse has had on her parenting.

31. McGregor, K, 1994, Chapter 17, "Becoming Warriors", In Warriors of Truth: Adult Survivors Healing from CSA, University of Ontago Press, Dunedin. This article looks beyond surviving the abuse to a time of action.

32. McGregor, K, 1994, Chapter 16, "Counselling", In Warriors of Truth: Adult Survivors Healing from CSA, University of Ontago Press, Dunedin. A touching story about one woman's experience of counselling. This is followed by some essential advice regarding choosing a counsellor.

33. "My Declaration of Self-Esteem"

34. Morris, A, 1999/2000, "Adding Insult to Injury", Trouble and Strife, Vol 40. This article introduces the concept of maternal alienation: a husband or male partner intentionally and strategically alienating children from their mothers.

35. Monro, L, 1997, "A Letter to My Mother: Standing up to Mother Blame", In Ed. White, C, 1997. The Personal is Professional, Dulwich Centre Publications. A personal letter to a mother discussing issues surrounding mother blame from a daughter's perspective.

36. Nobis, N, "Healing as a Young Survivor". A younger survivor speaks about her memories and healing as a teenager and the consequences of this.

37. Philosophy and Guidelines for Quality Health Service Delivery in Rape and Sexual Assault Services, Women's Health Statewide and SAHC, South Australia, 1996. Philosophy and Guidelines of practice with sexual assault survivors incorporating a social view of health, primary health care approach and health promotion approach.

38. Ray, V, 1998, "A Consumers Guide to Counselling Models (or all about psycho-everything)", Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre Newsletter, Issue No 1, 1998, Autumn Edition. Short excerpts about different styles of counselling, different counselling models and theoretical perspectives that counsellors may use and practice from.

39. "Child Sexual Abuse", Handout. Some definitions of child sexual abuse, myths and facts and child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome.

40. “Adult Sequelae of Childhood Sexual Abuse”, Handout. Some information on the effects of child sexual abuse on adult survivors.

41. South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault, (SECASA), “The Feminist Approach”. The article presents some of the past explanations of the hig incidence of sexual assault in society, followed by a feminist analysis of sexual violence.

42. SECASA, “The Feminist Approach”. The feminist analysis of sexual violence is further explored in this section.

43. SECASA, “Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome”. CSAAS is a theory that tries to explain why some children recant their disclosures or don’t report at all. This section introduces aspects of this theory.

44. SECASA, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”. The criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are presented and detailed.

45. SECASA, “Your Rights in Counselling”. A list of your rights and responsibilities and the counsellors.

46. Sgroi, S, 1982, “Treatment Issues for Sexually Abused Children”, Handbook of Clinical Intervention in Child Sexual Abuse, Chapter 4.

47. Silent Too Long, “Have You Been…Silent Too Long”, Pamphlet.

48. Silent Too Long, “Disclosing That You Are A Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse”, Leaflet.

49. Silent Too Long, 1998, “The Consequences of Community Silencing”, Protecting Children – Problems and Solutions: A Major Community Conference, Melbourne. The paper introduces the Silent Too Long Group, narrative group therapy and compares different approaches. The Silent Too Long Group addresses issues like silencing, culture and community perspective’s and participation in conferences.

50. Silent Too Long, 1998, “Your Voices Inspire Mine”, Dulwich Centre Journal, No. 4. The Silent Too Long Group write about healing, challenges and how to overcome them, including the position the group take to induce cultural change.

51. Silk Forrest, M, What are Boundaries, Anyway? Information about boundaries and the importance of establishing physical, psychological and spiritual boundaries.

52. Snider, R, 1993, “Lolita’s Not to Blame”, New Internationalist, Feb 1993. The article questions the reasons for the silencing of child sexual abuse survivors and of its existence, indicating the sanctity of the family as a social ideal, as one of the main reasons. The article talks about the ‘Lolita Syndrome’, the notion that little girls seduce older men.

53. Summers, J, “Some Impacts of Childhood Sexual Abuse on the Life of Adult Survivors” SECASA, A survivors perspective of the impact of child sexual abuse on women.

54. Summers, J, “How to Get the Most from Your Counselling”, SECASA, Helpful ideas in relation to counselling, trust and moving on.

55. Sutherland, M K, “Unexpected Gifts”, The Healing Woman, September October 1997. A story about one woman’s inspirations.

56. Tockey, L, “Elder Survivors Speak”. An elder survivor speaks about her healing, which took place in her later years and the consequences of this.

57. Thomas, M, 1996, “Silent Too Long”, A Poem.

58. Denise, K, “The Gift”, A Poem.

59. Wearing, B, 1996, “Family”, In Gender: The Pain and Pleasure of Difference, Longman, Melbourne. An analysis of the family in Australian culture.

60. WISN Newsletter 1994, “Dealing with Flashbacks”, “Remembering”. Some helpful ideas in coping with flashbacks and memories.

61. "What Choice Do I Have? Information For People Who Have Experienced a Rape or Sexual Assault", Yarrow Place. Information on rape, sexual assault and your rights and options.

62. Why Can’t I forget? Information for Women Who Were Sexually Abused in Childhood. Hobart Sexual Assault Support Service. Pamphlets and information.


The Internet is an exciting tool for information gathering and friendship. During the searching process for the resource we have experienced certain sites which can be upsetting and challenging to survivors. To ensure your own safety, should you come across these sites, you may wish to access a computer located in a safe/private environment or ensure that you have direct access to support (ie. friend, family member, professional, phone line) if you need it. As a result the sites included in the resource have been screened and checked for their content. These sites have been found to be respectful of women and their experiences of child sexual abuse.

Some ways of avoiding unwanted material on the Internet is to go to the sites suggested in the resource and search from those or use hyperlinks (web links contained with in the pages). If you are using one of the search engines and you would like to search specific issues relating to child sexual abuse, use quotation marks at either end of the phrase, “child sexual abuse”. In addition you can use, +, in between the words, child+sexual+abuse, this narrows the search to include all the words specified.

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