Our Reading List

 

The books below dive into the issues of sexual abuse, and assault. They serve as resources, and as an opportunity to learn and grow from survivors, and allies. These books may not be the best for someone who is looking for a reading list for self-care and relaxation after abuse, or assault.

As such, we have made another list of books and movies that we call “escapes" for their ability to transport us to another world, or to take our mind off of trauma. Click the button below if you wish to see that list.


In The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma     explores the ways in which trauma rewires the brain.

In The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma explores the ways in which trauma rewires the brain.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple   delivers a simplified approach to learning the most essential parts of cognitive behavioral therapy and applying them to your life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple delivers a simplified approach to learning the most essential parts of cognitive behavioral therapy and applying them to your life.


In   Speaking Truth to Power  , Anita Hill reflects on events before, during, and after the hearings, offering a complete account that sheds startling light on this watershed event.

In Speaking Truth to Power, Anita Hill reflects on events before, during, and after the hearings, offering a complete account that sheds startling light on this watershed event.


Ellen K. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley firm, calling out workplace discrimination and retaliation against women and other underrepresented groups. In   Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change   ,  she tells her full story for the first time.

Ellen K. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley firm, calling out workplace discrimination and retaliation against women and other underrepresented groups. In Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change, she tells her full story for the first time.


The Survivor’s Guide to Sex   is for all women who want to delight in their own sexuality. The book covers the topics of pleasure and desire, dissociation, embodied sex, consent and boundaries, triggers, emotional intimacy, and more.

The Survivor’s Guide to Sex is for all women who want to delight in their own sexuality. The book covers the topics of pleasure and desire, dissociation, embodied sex, consent and boundaries, triggers, emotional intimacy, and more.


Lucky   is a powerful account of her sexual assault and the harrowing trial that followed.

Lucky is a powerful account of her sexual assault and the harrowing trial that followed.


Behavioral Activation for PTSD: A Workbook for Men   is an evidence-based therapy program that helps men take back their lives from PTSD. It empowers men to overcome triggers and reintroduce positive activities.

Behavioral Activation for PTSD: A Workbook for Men is an evidence-based therapy program that helps men take back their lives from PTSD. It empowers men to overcome triggers and reintroduce positive activities.


Feminist Fight Club     is   a humorous guide to navigating subtle sexism at work. Every month, the women meet to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them.

Feminist Fight Club is a humorous guide to navigating subtle sexism at work. Every month, the women meet to share sexist job frustrations and trade tips for how best to tackle them.


Brotopia: Breaking up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley     reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures, and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back.

Brotopia: Breaking up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures, and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back.


In     Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in College   ,  Krakauer chronicles the experiences of several women in Missoula - the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; how they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.

In Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in College, Krakauer chronicles the experiences of several women in Missoula - the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; how they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them.


Milk and Honey   is a collection of poetry and prose about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.


Healing from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse   shares the stories of 18 women abused as children, explaining that healing can occur at any stage of life, and that healing, itself, occurs in stages.

Healing from the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse shares the stories of 18 women abused as children, explaining that healing can occur at any stage of life, and that healing, itself, occurs in stages.


The Fear that Stalks   provides a framework that locates gender based violence and the commonality between these diverse forms of violence.

The Fear that Stalks provides a framework that locates gender based violence and the commonality between these diverse forms of violence.


Girl in the Woods   is Aspen Matis's true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada after being raped. On the trail, she found that survival is predicated on persistent self-reliance.

Girl in the Woods is Aspen Matis's true-life adventure of hiking from Mexico to Canada after being raped. On the trail, she found that survival is predicated on persistent self-reliance.


No Big D    e    al     is the story of Torey Ivanic’s childhood in gymnastics. In this memoir, Torey transparently and brilliantly shows how the abuse started, the collateral damage, and her journey of healing and justice.

No Big Deal is the story of Torey Ivanic’s childhood in gymnastics. In this memoir, Torey transparently and brilliantly shows how the abuse started, the collateral damage, and her journey of healing and justice.


In  The Girls  brave women for the first time describe a predators increasingly bold strategies through the years, recount their warning calls unheeded, and demonstrate their resiliency in the face of a nightmare. The Girls will be released August 6, 2019.

In The Girls brave women for the first time describe a predators increasingly bold strategies through the years, recount their warning calls unheeded, and demonstrate their resiliency in the face of a nightmare. The Girls will be released August 6, 2019.


In  Fighting Back , two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison has always been a fighter--yet as a young teen, no one knew she was also a victim. Combining Kayla's powerful story of sexual abuse by her judo coach with science-based information from two renowned therapists, this unique book provides critical guidance for parents and professionals.

In Fighting Back, two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison has always been a fighter--yet as a young teen, no one knew she was also a victim. Combining Kayla's powerful story of sexual abuse by her judo coach with science-based information from two renowned therapists, this unique book provides critical guidance for parents and professionals.


Wounded Lions  recounts the Penn State child molestation case that stunned the nation. As subsequent revelations uncovered an athletic program operating free of oversight, university officials faced criminal charges while unprecedented NCAA sanctions hammered Penn State football and blackened the reputation of coach Joe Paterno.

Wounded Lions recounts the Penn State child molestation case that stunned the nation. As subsequent revelations uncovered an athletic program operating free of oversight, university officials faced criminal charges while unprecedented NCAA sanctions hammered Penn State football and blackened the reputation of coach Joe Paterno.


In  Justice Denied , Marci Hamilton discuses recent events that have brought the once-taboo subject of childhood sexual abuse to the forefront and proposes a comprehensive yet simple solution: eliminate the arbitrary statutes of limitation for childhood sexual abuse so that survivors past and present can get into court. Removing this merely procedural

In Justice Denied, Marci Hamilton discuses recent events that have brought the once-taboo subject of childhood sexual abuse to the forefront and proposes a comprehensive yet simple solution: eliminate the arbitrary statutes of limitation for childhood sexual abuse so that survivors past and present can get into court. Removing this merely procedural


In  Chalked Up  Jennifer Sey describes her life, and training in elite gymnastics. Jennifer traveled the country and the world competing for the U.S. National team, but the higher she set her sights; the world championships, the 1988 Olympics; the more she began to ignore her physical and mental well-being. Jennifer suffered devastating injuries, developed an eating disorder, and lived far from family and friends, all for the sake of winning. When her parents and coaches lost sight of her best interests, Jennifer had no choice but to redefine her path into adulthood. She had to save herself.

In Chalked Up Jennifer Sey describes her life, and training in elite gymnastics. Jennifer traveled the country and the world competing for the U.S. National team, but the higher she set her sights; the world championships, the 1988 Olympics; the more she began to ignore her physical and mental well-being. Jennifer suffered devastating injuries, developed an eating disorder, and lived far from family and friends, all for the sake of winning. When her parents and coaches lost sight of her best interests, Jennifer had no choice but to redefine her path into adulthood. She had to save herself.


The Big Fight ; After winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, Ray wanted to call it quits and go to college, but his family’s financial needs made him go pro. Boxing history was made. All the while, another, darker Ray—one overwhelmed by depression, rage, drug addiction, sexual abuse, and greed—battled for dominance. In  The Big Fight , Ray comes to terms with both these men and shares a brutally honest and remarkably inspiring portrait of the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of a true fighter—inside and outside the ring.

The Big Fight; After winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, Ray wanted to call it quits and go to college, but his family’s financial needs made him go pro. Boxing history was made. All the while, another, darker Ray—one overwhelmed by depression, rage, drug addiction, sexual abuse, and greed—battled for dominance. In The Big Fight, Ray comes to terms with both these men and shares a brutally honest and remarkably inspiring portrait of the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of a true fighter—inside and outside the ring.