Child sexual abuse is complex and can affect survivors’ physical health, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, social relationships, and sense of safety well into adulthood. Far too many adult survivors of child sexual abuse suffer in silence, neglect, and isolation. The resources below will help your rural program navigate advocacy for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Action, Engagement, Remembering: Services for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Resource Sharing Project
This paper considers the practices of rape crisis centers and coalitions as they act, engage, and remember with adult survivors of child sexual abuse. It discusses the incidence and dynamics of child sexual abuse, trauma-informed services, and strategies in crisis intervention, counseling, holistic healing, and advocacy for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. These strong, resilient, and creative survivors have unique needs that must be met with knowledgeable, specialized responses.
Adults Molested as Children, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
This resource outlines some of the emotions adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse may experience as well as issues with trust, intimacy, and sexuality. Created by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, this resource is free to purchase and can be shipped directly to your rural program.
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. Their mission also includes serving family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community. This site provides information pertinent to serving adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
The world can look like a series of locked doors to adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Whom can you really trust? How can you find the words for what happened? As sexual assault advocates our job is to help survivors find a way to open the door. This webinar addresses how rural programs can design and provide responsive services for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Topics include the experiences of child sexual abuse survivors, long term services for healing, and specific ideas for how to make services more accessible to adult child sexual abuse survivors.
We know that we are not the only support system for survivors of sexual violence. Friends, family, and partners of survivors provide emotional care and connection to survivors in our rural communities, even when they don’t have a relationship with our program. Friends and family of survivors have unique needs independent of the survivors they love and we can provide outreach and services to meet these needs. Join Leah Green from the Resource Sharing Project for this interactive webinar to learn more about reaching friends and family of survivors and to practice the skills necessary to support the whole community.