Victims of sexual assault experience their trauma in different ways, and often one path to recovery and healing is right for one person, but not right for another. While there are some general mental health effects of sexual violence, this book outlines and describes the impact of particular types of sexual violation. Whether the survivor has experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault during adulthood, marital rape, sexual harassment, sex trafficking, or sexual violence within the military, they will find aspects of her experience in these pages. Once survivors understand the ways in which they have been affected, they are introduced to various pathways to surviving sexual violence and moving forward. The chapters provide case examples and specific activities which give a fuller description of the ways survivors can make use of the particular approaches, which include mind-body practices, counseling, group therapies, self-defense training, and others. Anyone who has been a victim of sexual violence, or knows and cares about someone who has, will find relief in these pages, which offer practical approaches to finding balance and healing.
Introduction Overview of Specific Sexual Violations 1. Surviving sexual harassment: Coping with, recognizing, and preventing unwanted sexual behaviors in the workplace by NiCole T. Buchanan and Zaje A. Harrell 2. Human Trafficking: Not an Isolated Issue by Michelle Contreras and Melissa Farley 3. Sexual Assault by Strangers and Non-intimate Associates by Kelly Cue Davis 4. Marital Rape and Sexual Violation by Intimate Partners by A. Monique Clinton-Sherrod and Jennifer Hardison Walters 5. War and Sexual Violence in the Military by Janet C'de Baca, Ph.D. 6. Multiple Perpetrator Sexual Assault: Risk Factors, Effects, and Help-seeking by Shaquita Tillman 7. Understanding Child Sexual Abuse: Prevalence, Multicultural Considerations, and Lifespan Effects by Anneliese A. Singh and April Sikes Paths of Recovery 8. Cognitive and Behavioral Treatments for Sexual Violence by Diane T. Castillo 9. Rape Crisis Centers: Serving Survivors and Their Communities by Jessica Shaw and Rebecca Campbell 10. EMDR for Sexual Assault by Diane Clayton 11. Family Systems and Recovery from Sexual Violence and Trauma by Amy Tuttle 12. Feminist Counseling as a Pathway to Recovery by Carolyn Zerbe Enns 13. Restoring Relationships: Group interventions for survivors of sexual traumas by Shannon Lynch 14. Mind-Body Practices for Recovery from Sexual Trauma by Patricia L. Gerbarg and Richard P. Brown 15. An Integration of Narrative Therapy and Positive Psychology with Sexual Abuse Survivors by Z. Seda Sahin and Melissa L. McVicker 16. A Psychodynamic Approach to Recovery from Sexual Assault by Pratyusha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D. 17. Psychoeducation following Sexual Assault by Joanne L. Davis, Heidi Resnick, and Rachael M. Swopes 18. The Benefits of Self-Defense Training for Sexual Assault Survivors by Leanne R. Brecklin, Ph.D. 19. Social Support and Resilience in the Aftermath of Sexual Assault: Suggestions across life course, gender and racial groups by Tamara G.J. Leech and Marci Littlefield 20. Spirituality/Religion as a Healing Pathway for Survivors of Sexual Violence by Sannisha Dale and Jessica Henderson Daniel 21. Writing Your Way to Peace and Power: Empowerment Journaling as a Pathway to Healing and Growth by Shelly P. Harrell Conclusion Additional Resources About the Contributors