CSA Resources

Whether you’re a CSA (child sexual abuse) survivor or, though not a survivor, wish to educate yourself and provide support for efforts aimed at helping survivors recover from the effects of their abuse and at decreasing the incidence of child sexual abuse in our world today, I hope you might find the following informational and/or action resources helpful:

Resources I Personally Recommend
(Here are some resources I’ve found among the most useful of those I’m acquainted with through my own recovery process.)

Websites / Blogs:
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)



missamericabyday.com (Marilyn Van Derbur’s website)

(Links from the titles are for the Amazon Kindle edition unless no Kindle edition exists, in which case a link is give to a printed edition on Amazon.)

The Courage to Heal
by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis (a book that has helped me a great deal in my recovery)

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Come Here: A Man Overcomes the Tragic Aftermath of Childhood Sexual Abuse
by Richard Berendzen

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Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball
by R.A. Dickey

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Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir
by Margaux Fragoso

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Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men
by Richard B. Gartner

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Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life After Boyhood Sexual Abuse
by Richard B. Gartner

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Mysterious Skin
by Scott Heim

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Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
by Judith Herman

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Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse
by Mike Lew

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Thou Shalt Not Be Aware
by Alice Miller

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In My Father’s Arms: A Son’s Story of Sexual Abuse
by Walter de Milly

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Never Let Me Go
by Chuck Rosenthal

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The River of Forgetting – A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse
by Jane Rowan

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Miss America By Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love
by Marilyn Van Derbur

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Resources I’ve Been Asked to Mention
(Here are resources I’ve been asked to mention and which seem, based on my cursory review with the limited time I’ve had available, possibly helpful.

Please note, however, that I’m in no way endorsing these specific resources but simply presenting them for closer consideration by anyone who might be interested in availing themselves of their services / content.)

As I discussed in a 2014 blog post, my younger sister died at the age of fifty-one, in significant part, I believe, due to some seriously unhealthy aspects of her lifestyle, including – at times during, at least, the final years preceding her death – a cocaine addiction. In that blog post, I discussed why I believe her cocaine addiction may well have been connected with possible sexual abuse by our father during her childhood.

So it’s understandable that a request from an organization focusing on rehabilitation from drug addiction carries a personal resonance for me, and particularly if that organization includes in its stated focus – as it does on this page of its website – a recognition of the nexus, in some cases, between drug addiction and sexual abuse, including childhood sexual abuse.

If you, or someone you care about, is struggling with drug addiction – and whether or not you feel sexual abuse may be a possible causative factor – please check out, carefully and thoroughly, DrugRehab.com to determine whether or not you feel they might be of help.

4 thoughts on “CSA Resources

  1. TO: annaandersen9
    Re: your October 27, 2014 at 12:28 am reply:
    Thank you as well.
    Sorry to hear about your family members’ difficulties in letting go and living in the present—that’s been a major challenge for me as well, and continues to be a challenge, with my success in being able to do so varying on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes, for me, examining / re-examining my past from various perspectives can be a means to achieving or regaining a more present-oriented focus; at other times, a focus purely on the present is the best means—it’s case-by-case.

  2. I read your book. It was indeed very difficult to read. I am also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I have decided I want to help others as well. I recently started a blog of my own called Roses From Heaven. My intention is to share what worked for and continues to work for me for my healing, with others that may be struggling. Thank you for sharing your story.

    1. Thank you very much for your comment!
      I’ve looked at your blog and read and commented on your posts, which I found very helpful.
      And thanks so much for reading “Preludes” despite it being so difficult to read. Hope you found it helpful as well.

      1. I have brothers sisters and nieces who were also abused by my father. I started this blog in order to start to document some ways in which I was able to let got and live in the present. Many of my family members have not been able to do so. I do not suffer any longer as I said in my blog post, but they do and so I suffer for them. They have seen therapists and taken meds but it did not help any of them. So I will continue reading your blog and others in my journey to help them. I feel like it has become somewhat of a life’s purpose now to help others who have suffered. Thank you for your feedback and continuing your blogging etc. I hope you reach many and that all may be healed.

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