Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"I Am Sandra"

A powerful video for the "My Name Is Project", a survivor-driven project to educate the public and inspire the survivor communities to break the silence of abuse.

Below are a list of resources from Pandora's Project:

Healing from Sexual Violence

Surviving To Thriving - For rape survivors, by Pandora's Project vice-president Jes

Aphrodite Wounded - For women who have survived marital and partner rape, by Pandora's Project Board of Directors member and Pandora's Aquarium Administrator Louise

Over the Rainbow - For survivors of any unwanted sexual contact, by Pandora's Project Board of Directors member and Pandora's Aquarium moderator Stephanie

Survivor Mural Project - A collaborative art project that aims to raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault in the global community, by Pandora's Project Board of Directors member Kristy

Surviving the Memories - Donna's site for survivors of sexual assault, including the excellent Survivor Jukebox

Inocencia Interrumpida - A Spanish site for survivors of child sexual abuse

Rubbed the Wrong Way - For survivors of sexual assault by a massage therapist

DeafHope - DeafHope's mission is to end domestic and sexual violence against Deaf women and children through empowerment, education and services.

Healing Through Creativity - An annual survivor art event taking place each summer
Date Rape is Real Rape - Provides the insight and research a survivor wishes had been available when she was raped.
As Waters Passing By - An excellent resource for survivors of rape or sexual abuse.
Tamara's House - A Canadian nonprofit providing services to women who have experienced child sexual abuse - many publications and materials for survivors and supporters!

Resurrection After Rape - Provides a guidebook for women making the journey through therapy after sexual trauma, and a community for those working through the book.
Rape-Related Pregnancy and Pregnancy Loss - This wonderful website is maintained by a member of Pandora's Aquarium

Domestic Violence

AARDVARC - A splendid and resourceful site for survivors of rape and domestic violence

Not Under Bondage - Site of the author Barbara Roberts, this site offers scripturally-based support for Christians living with domestic violence. Good resources.
Lundy Bancroft - Site of the author, counselor and activist Lundy Bancroft. Excellent articles and resources on domestic abuse

Silent Witness National Initiative - Organization that honors people who have died as a result of domestic violence and aims to end spousal homicide

Male Survivors

MaleSurvivor.org - A comprehensive site for men, sponsoring a message forum, healing retreats, and a yearly conference.

AMSOSA - Adult Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse - formerly Male Survivors Swindon, a long-standing resource 
Childhood Sexual Abuse
NAPAC - The National Association for People Abused in Childhood - Recommended as the best UK resource for survivors

Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse - Stop the Silence is dedicated to ending the silent epidemic of child sexual abuse through education, awareness, and systematic changes

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) - An organization doing whatever it can to support survivors of child abuse

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) - An organisation aiming to improve the lives of adult survivors of child abuse.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - Fresh Start comprises of a number of services who work together with colleagues within and outside NSPCC to develop knowledge, skills and practice in the area of child sexual abuse.
Little Warriors - A Canadian charitable organization that educates adults about how to help prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Darkness to Light - "Confronting child abuse with courage." This organization focuses on preventing child abuse and raising awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse. 
Sexual Violence Awareness, Information and Activism
The Phoenix Chief Advocates - See and support the fantastic work of Shy Keenan and Sara Payne in campaigning for legal rights for survivors of child sexual abuse, and systematically fighting paedophile activity.
RAINN - The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Full of resources, with a telephone hotline (US callers) and online hotline (anyone can participate)
Children of Phoenix - Founded by the remarkable author, advocate and survivor Dr. Caroline Taylor, this foundation arranges scholarships and other educational aid for survivors of child sexual abuse.
A Safe World for Women - This is a new initiative collecting endorsements of the campaign so that one million signatories can be presented to the UN and governments throughout the world in 2011. Endorse it NOW here
The Joyful Heart Foundation - This organization's mission is to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
SOAR - Speaking Out About Rape: See the amazing work of founder and survivor Kellie Greene in breaking the silence about sexual assault, including the yearly Operation Freefall and TEAM SOAR, a group of trained violence speakers.
NSVRC - The National Sexual Violence Resource Center serves as the nation’s principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence.

Condition Critical - Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) UK project highlighting the plight and sharing the stories of Congolese victims of rape.

The White Ribbon Campaign - The largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women.

This is Not an Invitation to Rape Me - Rape Crisis Scotland initiative in addressing myths about sexual assault

The Truth About Rape (TAR) - A campaign for women to join that protests legal and social bias against sexual assault survivors.

Men Can Stop Rape - Fantastic men's initiative for ending sexual violence

SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape) -Organizes training and provides support to college students so that they can win improvements to their schools' sexual assault prevention and response activities.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence.

PAVE - Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment is an organisation using education and action to shatter the silence of sexual and domestic violence.

Take Back the News - An organization focused on changing media representation of rape and sexual assault.

One in Three Women - A global initiative aiming to raise awareness of violence to women, including honor killings and slavery

(Wo)men Speak Out - A non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating rape, sexual assault and gender violence.

Scarleteen - Sex ed for the real world. Answers to sex questions, including help for sexual violence, especially for teens 13 and older. 
Holly's House - Provides a safe reporting environment for victims of intimate crimes.

Legal Resources

WomensLaw.org - Women's Law provides easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence or sexual assault, including an email hotline.
Resource for a Recourse - an online database of the statutes and laws governing sexual assault and domestic violence in the US.
SOL-Reform.com - an organization working to reform statutes of limitations on child sex abuse.
CourtPrep - Interactive site for witnesses preparing to testify. Information is relevant to Canada, but it has some good tips that would apply anywhere.
You may also consider joining the Pandora's Aquarium online support group. The Pursuing Legal Action forum has additional resources and support.

PTSD and Mental Health

Gift From Within - Excellent site of PTSD resources with articles by renowned PTSD expert and cofounder Dr. Frank Ochberg

The Sidran Foundation - Helping people understand, recover from, and treat trauma and dissociation.

An Infinite Mind - Excellent DID nonprofit organization and resources
Finding your Marbles - A Mental Health Survival Guide; excellent, informative, and friendly articles about dealing with mental health issues and thriving in your day-to-day life. Highly recommended!

Eating Disorders

Something Fishy - The foremost internet resource for those suffering from an eating disorder

The Realistic Female Self-Defense Company- The powerful and proactive work of Anny Jacoby, survivor of domestic violence. Read more about Anny and her work at annyjacoby.com 

Model Mugging   - Long-established rape-prevention full-contact self-defense program. 

R.A.D Systems - RAD stands for Rape Aggression Defence. Many survivors have been empowered by this program. 


Tori Amos - The music of survivor/songwriter Tori Amos is healing for many survivors. Check out her Little Earthquakes album in particular

Mariska Hargitay - Founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, Mariska has used her fame to make a difference in the lives of teens and survivors. Read a guest journal entry written by Pandora's Project founder on her site.

[Susan Murphy Milano is with the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction and Public Pathology Education. She is an expert on intimate partner violence and homicide crimes. For more information visithttp://www.saferelationshipsmagazine.com/  She is the author of "Time's Up A Guide on How to Leave and Survive Abusive and Stalking Relationships," available for purchase at the Institute, Amazon.com and wherever books are sold.  

Susan is the host of The Susan Murphy Milano Show, "Time's Up!" on Here Women Talk http://www.herewomentalk.com/ and is a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth  http://www.therothshow.com/ ]

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