Sexual Abuse

Bass, E., & Davis, L. (1992). The Courage to Heal (Revised Ed.). A comprehensive self-help manual for women survivors of child sexual abuse. Addresses such areas as recognizing the effects, surviving the emergency stage, dealing with feelings, and changing patterns; offers specific exercises for each topic. Also includes a section for supporters of survivors.

Davis, L. (1991). Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child.
Designed to assist those with a partner who was sexually abused. The majority of the book is in a Q&A format, addressing issues such as denial, anger, and communication. Also includes personal stories.

Gil, E. (1983). Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and About Adults Abused as Children. Somewhat basic at times, but a good beginning book for coming to terms with childhood abuse, both physical and sexual,and its long-term effects.

Hansen, P. A. (1991). Survivors & Partners: Healing the Relationships of Sexual Abuse Survivors. Guide for helping couples cope with the effects of past sexual abuse on their current relationship; useful for other supporters of survivors as well. Addresses issues such as trust, denial, and grief.

Maltz, W. (1991). The Sexual Healing Journey. Helps survivors of sexual abuse to identify the impact of the abuse on their sexuality, begin to create a new meaning for sex, and move towards more healthy behavior. Also contains exercises to do both alone and with a partner.

Marj (1992). Into the Silence: Healing the Wounds of Abuse. Written by a woman who was sexually abused by her father as a child, this book contains a series of poems which describes her recovery experience as well as correspondence between the author and her father.