Healing From Rape and Sexual Abuse

How do you heal from the deep emotional wounds of rape and sexual abuse, whether the trauma is fresh or decades old?  Therapy — with the right therapist for you — is one way.  Therapy is highly recommended.  However, there are other resources available to you, too.  The links below provide an excellent list of resources, all of which come from Oprah’s Sexual Abuse Resource Center:

—  General Resources
—  Male Survivors
—  Specialized Services (tailored to African American, Latino and Jewish sexual abuse survivors)
—  Abuse Prevention

Pandora’s Project is only one of a healing resources listed above.  Below is an extract from their page, “For All Survivors of Rape & Sexual Abuse”:

“We are proud that you are here.  We’re sorry that you have reason to be, but we are glad that you are seeking out resources as you heal.  We believe that knowledge and community aid in healing, and Pandora’s Project offers both.

We hope you remember these things:

You are not alone.

You might feel isolated and like no one can comprehend what you’re going through.  Join the Pandora’s Aquarium online support group to see just how many people out there truly understand.

Some of you have no support in your life.  Some of you have a therapist, but the week between sessions might leave you feeling alone.  Some of you have friends and family who try to understand, but you still feel like you need something more.  Please join the message board and chat room – even if you aren’t ready to reach out or don’t want to post, just reading can make a big difference.

You can find people who understand.

There is a wealth of knowledge and support that can be gained from those who’ve been there – and those who are going through it too.  The Pandora’s Aquarium community has survivors in all stages of healing.

It was not your fault.

So many survivors blame themselves for what happened.  But remember that only one person made the choice to hurt you: your perpetrator.  You are not to blame for someone else’s choice.

It gets better.

When you’re feeling low, it’s hard to imagine a light at the end of the tunnel.  If you are willing to walk that tunnel, you will find support from Pandora’s Project until you reach its end.

There is no ‘right’ way to heal.

We all heal differently and Pandora’s Project respects that.  We have resources for you no matter where you are in the healing process.  We understand that sexual violence isn’t something you can just ‘get over.’  It is a process, and we are here to help you as you recover.

You can move beyond being a victim.

It is our belief that all survivors can move from victim to survivor to thriver.  You may never be exactly who you were before, but you can emerge from this pain stronger, wiser, and more compassionate.”

Please share other good, healing resources by forwarding them to this posting.  Thank you!

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