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Book list for empowering books

Further Reading

This list of books is merely a suggested list. It is in no way an endorsement of any book or author. However, many of these books are probably very interesting and would be quite helpful for finding out further information on sexual abuse, assault and harassment.

Sexual Abuse

Angelou, Maya, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Bantam, 1980.

Armstrong, Louise, Kiss Daddy Goodnight (A Speak-Out on Incest.) New York: Pocket Books, 1978.

Baer, Euan and Peter Dimock, Adults Molested as Children: A Survivor’s Manual for Women and Men. Orwell, VT: Safer Society Press, 1988.

Bass, Ellen and Laura Davis, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.

Bass, Ellen and Louise Thornton, eds., I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. New York: Harper & Row, 1983.

Brady, Katherine, Father’s Days: A True Story of Incest. New York: Dell, 1979.

Burgess, Ann W., Sexual Assault of Children and Adolescents. Lexington,

MA: Lexington Books, 1978.

Butler, Sandra, Conspiracy of Silence: The Trauma of Incest. San Francisco: Volcano Press, 1985.

Clark, Sister Ave, Lights in the Darkness (For Survivors and Healers of Sexual Abuse.) Williston Park, NY: Resurrection Press Ltd.

Fraser, Sylvia. My Father’s House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing. New York: HarperCollins, 1989.

Courtois, Christine A., Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1988.

Danica, Elly. Don’t: A Woman’s Word. A Personal Chronicle of Childhood Incest and Adult Recovery. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 1988.

Daugherty, Lynn B., Why Me? Help for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse (Even if They are Adults Now). Racine, WI: Mother Courage Press, 1984.

Davis, Laura, The Courage to Heal Workbook: For Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.

Donaforte, Laura, I Remembered Myself: The Journal of a Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Self-Published, 1982.

Gil, Eliana, Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and about Adults Abused as Children. San Francisco: Launch Press, 1983.

Herman, Judith, Father-Daughter Incest. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981.

Maultz, Wendy and Beverly Holman, Incest and Sexuality: A Guide to Understanding and Healing. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1987.

McNaron, Toni and Yarrow Morgan, Voices in the Night: Women Speaking About Incest. Minneapolis: Cleis Press, 1982.

Morris, Michelle, If I Should Die Before I Wake. New York: Dell, 1982.

Poston, Carol and Karen Lison, Reclaiming Our Lives: Hope for Adult Survivors of Incest. Boston: Little Brown, 1989.

Sebold, Alice. Lucky: A Memoir. Back Bay Books, September 2002.

Raine, Nancy Venable, After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back. New York, NY: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1999.

Randall, Margaret, This is About Incest. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand Books, 1987.

Rush, Florence, The Best Kept Secret: Sexual Abuse of Children. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1980.

Russell, Diana, The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women. New York: Basic Books, 1986.

Schrieber, Flora, Sybil. New York: Warner, 1973.

Walker, Alice, The Color Purple. New York: Pocket Books, 1982.

White, Louise, The Obsidian Mirror: An Adult Healing from Incest. Seattle: Seal Press, 1988.

Woititz, Janet, Healing Your Sexual Self. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc., 1989.

Sexual Assault

Morris, Debbie. Forgiving the Dead Man Walking (with Gregg Lewis). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1998.

Pierce-Baker, Charlotte. Surviving the Silence: Black Women’s Stories of Rape. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1998.

Francisco, Patricia Weaver. Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery. New York: Cliff Street Books, 1999.

Kalven, Jamie. Working With Available Light: A Family’s World After Violence. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1999.

Lauer, Teresa. Hours of Torture, Years of Silence: My Soul with the Scene of a Crime. Institute for Interpersonal Relations, 1998.

Katz, Judy. No Fairy Godmothers, No Magic Wands: The Healing Process After Rape. Saratoga, CA: R&E Publishers, 1984.

Ramsey, Martha. Where I Stopped: Remembering Rape at Thirteen. New York: Harvest Books, 1997.

Rhett, Kathryn, ed. Survival Stores: Memoirs of Crisis. Anchor Books, 1997.

Saldana, Theresa. Beyond Survival. New York: Bantam Books, 1987.

Scherer, Migael. Still Loved by the Sun: A Rape Survivor’s Journal. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Sebold, Alice. Lucky. New York: Scribner, 1999.

Warshaw, Robin. I Never Called it Rape. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1988.

Ziegenmeyer, Nancy (with Larkin Warren).Taking Back My Life. Summit Books, 1992.

Adams, Caren and Jennifer Fay, Free of the Shadows. Oakland, CA: New

Harbinger Publications, 1989.

Amir, Menachem, Patterns in Forcible Rape. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1971.

Barry, Kathleen, Female Sexual Slavery. Avon Books, 1979.

Benedict, Helen, Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault for Women, Men. Teenagers and Their Friends and Families. New York: Doubleday and Company, 1985.

Bode, Janet, Fighting Back: How to Cope with the Medical, Emotional, and Legal Consequences of Rape.

Brownmiller, Susan, Against Our Will: Men. Women. and Rape. New York: Bantam Books, 1975.

Burgess, Ann and Lynda Holmstrom, Rape: Crisis and Recovery. Bowie, MD: Robert J. Brady Co., 1979.

Burgess, Ann and Lynda Holmstrom, Rape: Victims of Crisis. Bowie, MD: Robert J.

Brady Co., 1974.

Caignon, Denise and Gail Groves, Her Wits About Her: Self-Defense Success Stories by Women. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.

Estrich, Susan, Real Rape: How the Legal System Victimizes Women Who Say No. Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press, 1987.

Gordon, Margaret T. and Stephanie Riger, The Female Fear. New York: The Free Press, 1989.

Griffin, Susan, Rape: The Power of Consciousness. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.

Johnson, Kathryn M., If You Are Raped: What Everv Woman Needs To Know. Holmes Beach, FL: Learning Publications, Inc., 1985.

Koppelman, Susan, ed., Women in the Trees: U.S. Women’s Short Stories About Battering and Resistance. 1839-1944.

Ledray, Linda E., Recovering From Rape. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1986.

Medea, Andra and Kathleen Thompson, Against Rape. New York: Farra, Straus and Giroux, 1974.

Russell, Diana E.H., Rape In Marriage. New York: Macmillan, 1982.

Russell, Diana, The Politics of Rape: The Victim’s Perspective. New York: Stein & Day, 1975.

Warshaw, Robin, I Never Called It Rape. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.


Bopp, William J. and Vardalis, James J., Crimes Against Women. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 1987.

Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, The New Our Bodies, Ourselves. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Buchwald, Emilie and Pamela Fletcher and Martha Roth, eds., Transforming a Rape Culture. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions, 1993.

Lederer, Laura, ed., Take Back the Night: Women on Pornography. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1980.

Malamuth, Neil M. and Edward Donnerstein, Pornography and Sexual Aggression. Orlando, Fl: Academic Press, 1984.


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