Resources for Sexual Abuse Survivors

You might look to these resources for help in finding a therapist. For example, the MaleSurvivor web site has a Professional Resource Directory and the RAINN web site has information about finding therapists in any part of the United States. You might also want to look for a rape intervention service in your area. Many of them offer short-term counseling, and may be able to help you find an individual therapist or a support group.

Other web sites on this page have articles about male sexual victimization or list books that may help you. Still others have contact information for reporting suspected child abuse.

To find out about therapy and for help in choosing a therapist, see this excerpt from my book Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life after Boyhood Sexual Abuse.

MaleSurvivor: National Organization against Male Sexual Victimization
An organization for survivors, their loved ones, and the professionals who work with them. Included are Professional Resources, Bibliographies, Discussion Forums, and a live Chat Room. MaleSurvivor also sponsors a Weekends of Recovery Program and periodic conferences about male sexual victimization.

Sexual Abuse of Males: Prevalence, Lasting Effects, and Resources
Dr. Jim Hopper’s excellent web site includes a discussion and review of research and statistics on the sexual abuse of male children, and a list of Web resources for males sexually abused in childhood.

Resources for Healing & Resilience
This list of books about Sexual Respect was compiled by Columbia University

Recovery Connection
This site offers information about recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Addiction

Sexual Abuse Service of the William Alanson White Institute for Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology (WAWI)
I founded the Sexual Abuse Service at the White Institute. Its clinic offers low fee services, and its Referral Service offers private referrals on a sliding scale (including moderate fees) to psychoanalysts trained in working with sexual abuse.

APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men
In 2018 the American Psychological Association, spearheaded by its Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities) published these guidelines for psychologists who work with men and boys. (See next entry.)

APA issues first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys
This is a further discussion of the guidelines published by the American Psychological Association in 2018 about psychotherapeutic work with boys and men. (See previous entry.)

National Center for PTSD
This resource from the US Veterans Administration offers a lot of information about trauma and PTSD.

Make the Connection
This U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website is for military personnel who suffered sexual trauma while serving in the armed forces.

Understanding Sexual Abuse Trauma with the Male Survivor. This page gives a good summary of the how sexual abuse affects boys, in the context of an addiction treatment site. I am not endorsing the treatments offered, as I have no personal knowledge of the facility.

PTSD and Complex PTSD: What Happens When You’ve Lived in A Psychological War Zone
This article describes the effects of PTSD.

Dissociation and dissociative disorders
A good description of dissociation.

Understanding the Me Too Movement: A Sexual Harassment Awareness Guide
An excellent guide to understanding sexual harassment. While oriented to women, it does acknowledge that this happens to men as well, and the descriptions are apt for male survivors.

A Boy’s Story
An illustrated first person account of boyhood abuse

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
This is the website of a professional organization that studies all facets of trauma and dissociation

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
This is the website of a professional organization for professionals to study and share information about trauma

The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)
This is the website of a comprehensive resource, training and research center dealing with all aspects of violence, abuse and trauma. International Child Abuse Network
Features on-line support groups led by trained facilitators for adult survivors of abuse and domestic violence.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
The largest anti-sexual assault organization in the United States, RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. The site includes statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more.

Safer Society Foundation
A national research, advocacy, and referral center on the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse.

The Sidran Traumatic Stress Foundation
Resources for persons with dissociative disorders and treating professionals. extensive catalog of books and videos on trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, dissociative identity disorder (MPD), child sexual abuse.

Stop It Now!
Information about and help for: child sexual abuse, sex offenders, victims of child abuse, parents of youth with sexual behavior problems, professionals working in the field of child abuse.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
An organization for those abused by Catholic clergy. The site includes online support, news reports, reports related to activism, and resources for emotional and spiritual healing.

Mothers of Sexually Abused Children
MOSAC is an organization that works to increase adult awareness of sexual abuse, connecting victims with resources and supporting legislation to protect children.

Male-to-Male Child Sexual Abuse In the Context of Homophobia
Male Sexual Abuse Victims of Female Perpetrators: Society’s Betrayal of Boys
Kali Munro, a Toronto based psychotherapist has written these two brief articles explaining some issues important to male survivors.

The Next Step Counseling and Training
The site of the center in Northampton, MA, directed by Mike Lew, author of Victims No Longer. The site’s resource page includes links to many international websites and organizations dedicated to helping sexually abused men and women.
A site that focuses on issues of seductive and covert (rather than openly physical) incest.

Bishop Accountability
Focuses on issues related to abuse by Catholic clergy, the Catholic Church’s cover-up, and the scandal and crisis that ensued.

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (NYCAASA)
A coalition of programs in New York City united to help victims of rape, incest, sexual abuse, and sexual assault.

Just Detention
Seeks to end sexual violence committed against men, women, and youth in all forms of detention.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous (SIA)
A national and international 12-Step group for survivors of child sexual abuse and incest.

Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)
A national and international 12-step program for sexually compulsivity.

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA )
An international organization focused specifically on the prevention of sexual abuse through effective management of sex offenders. It was founded to foster research, facilitate information exchange, further professional education and provide for the advancement of professional standards and practices in the field of sex offender evaluation and treatment.

Amplify Your Voice
A website affiliated with GLAAD that focuses on the needs of bullied and abused LGBT youth

The Men’s Health Network
“An informational and educational organization recognizing men’s health as a specific social concern.” This site has a comprehensive listing of numerous resources for men’s health in general.

Healthy Place
A mental health site with this excellent section on abuse.

Sexual Violence Defined
The University of Texas at Austin has this excellent resource. See link at the bottom of the webpage for good information regarding male survivors of sexual assault.

Gift From Within
“An International Nonprofit Organization for Survivors of Trauma and Victimization” that particularly focuses on issues related to PTSD

Partners of Adults Sexually Abused as Children (PASAC)
One of the few web resources specifically intended for partners of people abused as children.

Sexual Recovery Institute
Web site of a Los Angeles-based institute that works with issues related to sexual addiction.

Sex Help: Sex Addiction Help for Sex Addicts
A web page created by Patrick Carnes for those with sexual addiction/compulsion/dependency problems

Good Men’s Project
A web site devoted to issues relating to masculinity

Men Can Stop Rape
A web site focusing on how men can stop rape that includes section for male survivors of rape
This site has a wealth of information regarding a wide variety of addictions

The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel
A web site for Israeli sexual abuse victims

Black Sexual Abuse Survivors (BSAS)
A website specifically for African-American survivors of incest and sexual abuse.

First Step Cambodia
Support for male Cambodian survivors of sexual abuse.

Menstuff: The National Men’s Resource Center
A good site for multiple resources for men.

Sex Addiction Therapy
Dr. Ken Adams’  Michigan-based site features information about sex addiction.

Help 4
Resource guide for male victims and survivors of all kinds of abuse.

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Resource from an attorney’s office for understanding PTSD. (Note: this is a law firm about which I have no personal knowledge, so this is not an endorsement one way or the other of the firm itself.)

I Believe
Resource about adult sexual assault and abuse.

Nursing Home Abuse Guide
Resource about elder abuse in nursing homes

Scarleteen: Sex Ed for the Real World
Resource about sex education for older teenagers

Pandora’s Project
Support and resources for survivors of rape and sexual abuse

What It’s Like to Attend Your First Meeting
Guide to attending your first 12 step meeting

Smart Recovery: Self-Management and Recovery Training
Guide to self-management for addiction recovery

1in6: Courage, Hope, Strength
Los Angeles-based nonprofit for young men from 18 to 30 who were sexually abused in boyhood.

The Bristlecome Project
A beautiful series of photographic portraits (by Dr. David Lisak) and stories of male victims of sexual assault and abuse. Under the auspices of 1in6.

Enabling the Wellbeing of Male Survivors of Sexual Violence.
This New Zealand-based site offers support for male survivors of sexual abuse

Living Well
This Australia-based site offers support for male survivors of sexual abuse

Survivors UK
A UK web site that provides information, support and counseling for men who have been raped or sexually abused.

Adult Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (AMSOSA)
Formerly Survivors Swindon, this regionally-based UK agency has a site with some excellent discussions of a wide range of issues related to male sexual victimization

A Montreal-based center for sexually abused men with a web site in French.

Men and Healing: Psychotherapy for Men
An Ottawa-based center for men’s psychotherapy that especially focuses on men who have endured sexual or physical abuse or assault.

British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
A Vancouver-based center offering services to sexually abused men.

Darkness to Light
A Charleston (SC)-based group dedicated to diminishing the incidence and impact of child sexual abuse.

Start Your Recovery
A resource for those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction

Male Sexual Trauma: What you know, don’t know, and wish you knew
A resource from the Florida Council against Sexual Violence

Nursing Home Abuse Support Hotline
Resources for all kinds of elder abuse, including sexual abuse

Nursing Home Abuse Center
Another resource for elder sexual abuse

The Real Facts about Drugs
A good informative resource about drugs.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Good information about PTSD from The Recovery Village. (Note: this is a treatment facility about which I have no personal knowledge, so this is not an endorsement one way or the other of the facility itself.)

The Link Between Childhood Trauma And Addiction In Adulthood
A good description of the issues involved leading sexually abused individuals to addiction. It is from Silvermist in Pennsylvania. (Note: this is a treatment facility about which I have no personal knowledge, so this is not an endorsement one way or the other of the facility itself.)

Brise le Silence (Belgium)
This Belgian site offers information about male sexual victimization in French.