Other Helpful Resources
For many, coping with the effects of incest - and learning not just to survive but to thrive - takes a village. Incest survivors benefit tremendously from services and groups that represent their unique identities and understand the families and places from which they come.
In-person services in your local area: If you are looking for services in your local area, the Me Too organization has an excellent directory for sexual assault services and organizations that is searchable by location, community, need, and abuse experience.
Resources for LGBTQ, people of color, and undocumented survivors: Survivors who are LGBTQ, from communities of color, and/or undocumented can face unique barriers when accessing services and finding providers and groups that understand their needs.
The LGBTQ National Hotline refers to over 15,000 resources across the country that support LGBTQ individuals, and coordinates weekly chatrooms for gay and trans youth.
If you are undocumented and don’t feel safe reporting abuse or getting help, the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence’s Immigration page is chock full of links to assistance for immigrant survivors.
If you are a survivor of color, there are online resources and information that are well worth exploring. This article covers the topic of self care for people of color following trauma. The Me Too organization has an extensive healing resource library, guidance (written for survivors of color in particular) seeking help and advice but not knowing where to start, and tools and tips from leading experts on healing practices. For those identifying as female seeking a tight-knit community and leadership development opportunities, the National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA) is a great resource. They create space, opportunities, training, and support for women of color to enhance their personal and professional development goals while building community and sisterhood in the anti-sexual assault movement. The Women of Color Network has similar programming, running a leadership training institute and ally trainings, among other initiatives.
Additional programs appropriate for all survivors: Survivors of incest have found these additional programs helpful for connecting with others in healing environments, sharing experiences, and learning more about sexual violence. (Please visit our page on Personal Support Options for links to support groups and service directories.)
After Silence: After Silence’s message board and chat room was created to let sexual assault survivors know they are not alone, not broken, and can heal. These forums provide space for survivors to come together in a mutually supportive and safe environment.
The Firecracker Foundation: This organization offers no-cost therapy and other free services to black boys who have been victims of sexual violence.
Girls Fight Back: Survivor experience can dramatically alter feelings of safety in the world. Girls Fight Back’s seminars empower young women to learn violence prevention and self-defense. They make the dual topics of preventing violence and fighting back approachable for everyone - in particular students, who can opt for sessions on Students Fight Back and Fight Back on Spring Break.
Hope Thrives: For those seeking a spiritual healing experience, this organization organizes weekend retreats throughout the year and one-day conferences for adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse at their retreat center in George to reflect, connect, and heal in a Christian environment.
MaleSurvivor: MaleSurvivor’s moderated discussion boards and private, real-time chat dialogue spans a broad range of topics relevant to male survivors, including recovering from sexual trauma, LGBTQ+ survivor issues, military survivors, and more.
MenHealing Weekend of Recovery Retreats: WOR Retreats in the US and Canada provide support for adult male survivors of sexual trauma. The environment recognizes the safety needs for male-identified survivors, and seeks to acknowledge and honor the authentic diversities of attendees at each WOR (racial, ethnic, class, spirituality, sexuality, gender, etc.). Alumni of WOR retreats report the experience contributed to easing their suffering, enabling higher functioning, facilitating healthier relationships with friends, partners, and children, inspiring activism, and diminishing the cycle of victimization.
Pandora’s Project: This organization provides peer support to sexual abuse survivors through their online forum Pandora’s Aquarium. Their message board and chat room is moderated by a diverse group of survivors.
Perpetually Healing: This website is a compilation of poetry and writings authored by survivors of sexual abuse and offers the Perpetually Healing podcast series, designed to redirect the shame of childhood sexual abuse.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): RAINN is the nation’s largest organization devoted exclusively to sexual violence, including incest. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in English and Spanish and carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
The Younique Foundation Haven Retreat: Three weeks each month, The Younique Foundation hosts female survivors of childhood sexual abuse at The Haven Retreat, located in Utah and Georgia in the US. This multi-day experience is geared toward survivors ready to learn, reflect on their experience, and rejuvenate. Participants engage in group and individual activities at no cost to them with one aim in mind - to help survivors heal from the trauma of sexual abuse.
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