Below are websites where you can find information about different aspects of abuse and healing. For more on writing, young adult literature, and community action and for friends’ and survivors’ sites go to the link partners tab.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. Site includes statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, and a page of advice for rape survivors and their friends.
This is a great site for men who want to explore the subjects of childhood sexual abuse and unwanted sexual contact, in private and at their own pace. 24/7 Online support.
Child Help USA
Hotline, 800-4-A- CHILD. You can call the hotline night or day to talk with a professional counselor for free. The site answers questions about the hotline, tells how it works both in English and en Español and describes other Childhelp programs.
Kids Help Phone
Hotline, 800-668-6868. Canada’s toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual (English/French) phone counseling service for children and youth. Professional counselors provide immediate support to young people in urban and rural communities across the country. You can also go to their website and post messages or receive on-line counseling. All their services are confidential and free. There’s a Parent Help Line, too, at 888-603-9100. For calls from outside Canada, the number is 416-586-0100.
Hot Peach Pages
This worldwide directory of domestic violence agencies has information in over 100 languages.
Rape Crisis Network Europe
Here you can connect to European organizations that provide support for survivors of sexual violence.
WAVE (Women Against Violence in Europe)
WAVE promotes the human rights of women and children. Their “Get Help” pages contain information about and links to organizations in 46 European countries.
Darkness to Light
Look under >Get Help >Report Abuse for information and advice. Features a wide range of links and information on everything from news reports to prevention programs. Lots of good information and some survivor stories, too.
Child Help USA
Report Abuse >What to Expect explains how their phone counselor can help you report abuse.
National Clearinghouse on Sexual Abuse and Neglect
Definitions of abuse, guidelines for reporting, and other information in Spanish and in English.
Jim Hopper’s Home Page
Dr. Jim Hopper is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School. His pages include statistics on childhood sexual abuse, information for male survivors, and a very thorough review of scientific research on recovered memory for child abuse. Good links.
David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages
Hundreds of articles and links on this site cover aspects of trauma from sexual abuse to war and terrorism. Information about post traumatic stress (PTSD), dissociation, and what happens to people’s brains when they experience trauma.
This is a great site for men to explore the subjects of childhood sexual abuse and unwanted sexual contact, in private and at their own pace. Lots of resources especially for men at all stages of healing.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s site for teens tells you what to do if you’ve been raped, offers a free music CD, and has ideas for how you can help stop sexual violence and harassment in your school.
National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Health Canada
Here you can download When Teenaged Boys Have Been Abused, Sexual Abuse: What Happens When You Tell, Sibling Abuse, and many other excellent pamphlets and articles.
The Recovered Memory Project
Dr. Ross E. Cheit, a professor at Brown University, established this scholarly site to documents cases of recovered memory and discuss the controversy over the repression of memory of abuse.
The Ritual Abuse, Ritual Crime, and Healing
“Ritual abuse is an extreme sadistic form of abuse of children and non-consenting adults. It is methodical, systematic sexual, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse” which may include child pornography and prostitution. If you need to understand this form of abuse, this is a solid site, but please be careful in reading the information, it can be very upsetting.
SNAP provides support for survivors of abuse by clergy, educates the public, and works for reforms within the church and society. “Our most powerful tool is the light of truth. Through our stories and our actions, we bring healing and justice.”
Dedicated to overcoming the sexual victimization of men and boys, this organization gives conferences and retreats and puts out a newsletter which you can access at their website.
Sasian focuses on physical, sexual and emotional abuse by brothers and sisters. Includes material on sibling sexual abuse in four languages. Extensive links.
Survivors of Incest Anonymous World Service Office, Inc.
This 12-Step organization provides a model for survivors who want to start a local group.
Stop It Now!
On their “articles” page there are several resources about offending and youthful offenders.
Myths and Facts about Sex Offenders
The Center for Sex Offender Management is a national project that supports state and local jurisdictions in the management of sex offenders under community supervision. Their site contains solid information about sex offenders, kids who offend, and community response.
Adolescent Sex Offenders—Overview Paper, by Frederick Mathews , download at: National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Health Canada
Who are adolescent sex offenders? Why do they offend? How can they stop? This paper gives the basics and refers you to an excellent list of further reading.
Sexual abuse can lead to confusion about sexuality and sexual orientation. These sites don’t address abuse directly, but they contain information and support for young people who are figuring out their sexual selves.
Source of information on sexuality for all ages.
Advocates for Youth
This organization is dedicated to helping young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Some informational material is written by teens. In English, Spanish and French.
Written for teens by teens and sponsored by the Network for Family Life Education at Rutgers University. Solid information about all aspects of sexuality, including abuse, homosexuality and sexual response. Teen authors share their own stories.
Created by and for young women of color, this site provides information and peer support around sexual and reproductive health.
Information and peer support for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered and questioning youth.
As Jonathan and Arturo’s stories show, drug and alcohol use can sometimes be a cover up for feelings of shame about abuse. For some, getting off drugs and alcohol is the first step towards healing.
Here you can find a lot of information on coping with and overcoming addiction–and find support meetings near you.
For family and friends of alcoholics. Peer support meetings for adults and teens who are dealing with the alcoholism of family members or friends. Information in English, Spanish, and French. Pages for teens.
A 12 step self-help recovery program for people of all ages who are dealing with drug addiction.
Resilience is the ability to get your life back on track after loss, stress and trauma. People used to believe that some of us were born resilient, but resilience can be learned. Here are some places to start.
Support groups for families and friends dealing with drug problems. Some states have groups especially for teens.
GO ASK ALICE
At this Columbia University website you can find answers to all kinds of health questions including how to deal with drugs and alcohol and other addictions.
“We promote a strengths-based approach to both youth and adults struggling to overcome hardship, for instance family disruption, poverty, violence, substance abuse, and racism.” Although this commercial site is designed for educators, the “Core Concepts” can help anyone looking for ways to build on their strengths and make life better for themselves.
Good basic information about cultivating the ability to survive trauma and stress can be found by searching “resilience” at the American Psychological Association website. The page for teens has ten ideas for increasing the ability to make it through hard times and take charge of one’s life.
Does the fact that kids are being abused make you mad? Do you want to do something to help change things? Strong at the Heart profiles three students who are part of a campus-wide activist group. Here are some other ways to get involved.
Darkness to Light
This research based program trains adults to take responsibility for making their communities safe for kids. I’ve taken the training and it is excellent. There are lots of good resources at this site.
A youth-friendly organization that encourages and trains activists and grass roots organizers to help raise awareness of child sexual abuse in their communities.
This national organization can help you start your own community Clothesline Project. They have resources on teen dating, supporting survivors and the Dating Bill of Rights.
A non-profit organization working towards the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse, based in Washington, D. C.
The Next Step Counseling and Training and Small Wonder Books
Located in Brookline, Massachusetts. Co-directors Mike Lew, M.Ed. and Thom Harrigan, LICSW and their associates offer individual therapy, couples counseling, group therapy and clinical supervision as well as experiential workshops, professional trainings and public lectures. A primary focus of the work at The Next Step is adult male recovery from the effects of sexual child abuse and other trauma.
Survivors Healing Center
“A non-profit organization which provides education, information, referrals, high quality services, and support to survivors of childhood sexual abuse and to their supporters. Our primary goals are to empower those victimized by sexual abuse through a healing process and to prevent sexual abuse of children.”
CASA of Humboldt – Court Appointed Special Advocates
“We, as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are committed to our community’s children. CASA speaks for children in court because all children have the right to live in a safe and secure environment; hurting children cannot speak for themselves.”
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Anyone interested in children’s and young adult literature and writing for young people will enjoy this rich site. Cynthia’s blog is well worth keeping up with, too. She’s especially strong in cultural literature issues and has written some of the best contemporary stories about Native American kids.
Cheryl writes “the books I needed as a teen and couldn’t find,” books about young women overcoming the odds and becoming their own heroes.
Chris’ novels are hard hitting stories about young people facing intense challenges. He’s a real champion for youth and understands survivor issues very well.